Khloe Kardashian appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and opened up for the first time about topics ranging from the severity of Lamar Odom’s medical condition to her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner. And for the 31-year-old reality TV star, it’s time to explain why viewers saw what appeared to be hostility against Bruce Jenner when he announced that he planned to become a transgender woman, reported People.
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired on Monday, the talk show host questioned Khloe regarding how she was coping with Jenner’s transition since Keeping Up with the Kardashians showed Khloe’s issues. Kardashian revealed that she actually learned that Bruce was transitioning to a woman on camera during the filming of their reality TV show.
“Well I had a hard time because I found out on camera like while we were filming and I felt like we kept asking him, Bruce, Like what’s going on we’re hearing all these rumors,” recalled Kardashian. “And he kept telling us one thing, but really he knew he was transitioning and wouldn’t be honest with us… we were kind of the last to know so that was hard for us. Especially me. I defended him for so long.”
Khloe said that while it was “hard” for her for awhile, she now has accepted it. But Kardashian also revealed that she feels Bruce is completely different than Caitlyn, which was the biggest hurdle for her.
“The biggest part for me was understanding that Bruce is totally separate than Caitlyn,” emphasized Khloe.
Kardashian feels that Jenner hoped “glimmers of Bruce” would remain. However, she herself does not feel that happened.
“If your soul really wanted to be a female this whole time I can’t expect that. So now that we know that he’s, Caitlyn, he’s not Bruce. They’re two separate people.”
Khloe also shared that the Kardashians use the term “dad” for Caitlyn and that although the star of I Am Cait is working for the Thanksgiving holidays, the family hopes to reunite for Christmas.
As for Lamar Odom, Kardashian has sought to clarify that although she’s supporting her estranged husband during his medical crisis, she’s still dating boyfriend James Harden, reported Us Weekly.
Khloe described James as highly supportive and understanding and added that she’s sought to be candid with him.
“I was very open with how I feel like I had to handle everything with Lamar, and I really, really appreciate how supportive James has been and it wasn’t another layer of stress on me. He’s been great and I’ve been open and honest,” said Kardashian.
Because she remains Lamar’s legal wife, she has the authority to decide his health treatment and has done so since he was discovered unconscious in mid-October at a brothel. While staying close to Odom during his gradual recovery at a Los Angeles hospital, Khloe has been dating James.
But what does the future hold for Kardashian and Harden now that she’s postponed her divorce and wants to support Lamar during his recovery? Khloe admitted that Odom has a long road ahead of him, reported Hollywood Life.
Kardashian shared that Lamar’s organs are almost back to normal. The concern, however, is how his brain has been impacted. That means Odom must relearn skills such as feeding himself and walking.
“All those normal things we take for granted every day and it’s a really long road and it’s going to take a long time,” admitted Khloe.
However, she remains hopeful while accepting that it’s not going to be a fast recovery. Kardashian described the situation as “frustrating,” but the reality TV star is determined to stay optimistic.
“There are no promises, but if he’s willing to do the work — I know the speech therapy, or the occupational therapy, or just all the cognitive stuff I’m sure it’s really hard for him and frustrating — but if he’s willing to do it, I don’t see why not. But it will take at least a year; at least,” she added.
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