Khloe Kardashian said that “intimacy” is no longer part of her marriage to Lamar Odom, when asked about her relationship with the stricken former NBA star at a book signing Monday night. But the 31-year-old reality TV star, whose outward appearance seems to have been altered considerably since her years married to Odom, also said that she still has “reasons” for remaining married to the 35-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers player.
Above is a photo of Khloe Kardashian as she appeared Monday evening, November 9, as she signed copies of her new book, Strong Looks Better Naked, at a Barnes and Noble bookstore at The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles.
Below is an image from 2010, one year after she married Lamar Odom, also pictured in the image.
Khloe Kardashian is the youngest daughter of late Beverly Hills lawyer Robert Kardashian — one of the attorneys who represented O.J. Simpson at the former football star’s 1995 murder trial. Simpson was a close friend of Karsdashian, who died of cancer in 2003, and the lawyer’s family.
Since Kardashian’s death, his daughters Khloe, Kim, and Kourtney Kardashian, and their mother, Kris Houghton Kardashian Jenner, have gone on to become reality TV stars through their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as well as tabloid culture icons.
While Khloe Kardashian received far less attention that her two older sisters in the initial stages of the Kardashian family’s rise to fame, she thrust herself into the spotlight by marrying Odom on September 27, 2009. At that time, Odom was one of the premier players on the Lakers team that had won the National Basketball Association Championship earlier that year, and would go on to win a second title in a row in the 2009-2010 NBA season.
But her marriage to Odom disintegrated by 2013, amid allegations of Odom’s infidelity and drug abuse.
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After Odom suffered a severe drug overdose on October 13, Khloe Kardashian, with Odom, called off the divorce proceedings that had been stalled in the Los Angeles County court system for two years.
When asked at her Monday book signing by NBC News why she remained married to Odom — even though she remains in a current relationship with another NBA player, Houston Rockets star James Harden — she said that her marriage would not involve “intimacy.”
“I’m still married for a multitude reasons, but intimacy is not one of them,” she said at the Strong Looks Better Naked signing event.
Though initially during Odom’s hospital stay, Khloe Kardashian remained at Odom’s bedside for days on end, she has recently rolled back the frequency of her visits to her husband, who remains confined to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Nonetheless, Khloe Kardashian admitted that Odom in the hospital is still mostly cut off from the outside world, hearing only what she chooses to tell him.
“He’s aware to a degree but he doesn’t have social media, he doesn’t have his cell phone, he doesn’t watch the news or anything like that. So he is aware from what I tell him or the messages that I give him — all positive and filtered things of course.”
The NBC News Today show obtained new surveillance camera footage of Odom on the first day of what turned out to be a four-day stay by the ex-basketball star at the Love Ranch legal brothel about 80 miles outside of Las Vegas. Today aired the video on Monday, in a segment that can be viewed in the video, below.
Khloe Kardashian was seen in public with Harden for the first time since calling off her divorce from Odom, when the pair were seen entering the 18,000 square-foot Lure nightclub in Hollywood on Sunday night, after Harden’s Houston Rockets played a game against the Los Angeles Clippers the previous night. Reportedly, the pair stayed inside the massive dance club for about two hours before departing separately.
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