Khloe Kardashian Lip-Locks James Harden Amid Pregnant Rumor: Hero For Helping Lamar Odom Or Zero For Exploiting?

Khloe Kardashian hasn't attempted to conceal the stress she experienced in 2015. After her estranged husband Lamar Odom was discovered unconscious in a brothel following a drug overdose, Khloe found herself in the role of his medical adviser. Kardashian stayed in hospital room first in Nevada, then in Los Angeles, making his medical decisions that at times required her to choose life or death treatment options.

After 2015 ended with rumors that Khloe was pregnant, had been dumped by boyfriend James Harden, and was once again splitting from her estranged husband, Kardashian made it clear she wants to start 2016 with the right step -- or, in this case, the right lips -- with a passionate lip lock from on-again James Harden, reported the New York Daily News.

Khloe Kardashian greeted 2016 with a smooch from James Harden.
Khloe Kardashian greeted 2016 with a smooch from James Harden. [Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for GQ]Khloe and James were cheering for the New Year when she passionately kissed him at the nightclub in Houston where they were spotted canoodling. Kardashian succeeded in discounting prior tabloid reports that accused Harden of dumping the 31-year-old star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians as a very Grinch-like Christmas un-gift.

The couple made it clear that they hadn't gotten (or could care less about) the break-up memo as they happily greeted 2016.

Moreover, the NY Daily News quoted a source who said that Khloe and James are still together, and that she had traveled to Houston specifically to visit Harden, who is a Rockets shooting guard.

"[Kardashian and Harden are] still seeing each other," confirmed the insider.

A previous report claimed that Khloe was the one who decided to take a hiatus from her relationship with Harden when she was caring for her estranged husband after his drug overdose. But, even then Kardashian and Harden were seen partying in Hollywood, happily having fun at a nightclub together.

Khloe Kardashian Pregnancy Rumors Swirl

While Khloe and James are celebrating the arrival of 2016, rumors that Kardashian is pregnant are swirling again, according to Celeb Dirty Laundry.

With the baby bump rumors allegedly swirling after a leak from momager and Jenner-Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, it gets even more intriguing because the name of the baby daddy debates don't involve James Harden. Instead, it's rumored to be either her ex French Montana or her estranged husband as the possible father.

Khloe has no problems keeping up with Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner. But when it's keeping up with relationships, it's a different story.
Khloe has no problems keeping up with Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner. But when it's keeping up with relationships, it's a different story. [Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]Even if she isn't pregnant, Khloe still faces relationship challenges in 2016. Although Kardashian is now devoting time to James, from bowling with him to cheering him on during his games, the support she's offered to Odom has strained the romance she's tried to sustain with Harden, reported Fashion & Style, which cited an insider describing their fun, and a second source revealing the stress of trying to handle two relationships..

"[Khloe] is with him now in Houston," said that insider. "She went to his game last night and [they went] bowling. They are still together and having fun."

The second source revealed just how challenging it has been for Kardashian to show support to two different men with two very different needs and for two very different reasons. While her estranged husband struggles to recover, James wants her as a girlfriend.

"It hasn't been easy. James obviously has wanted to see her more and be with her in [Texas] more," explained a second source. "But she's felt like she needed to stay in L.A. to be with her family and deal with Lamar stuff. That has put some strain on things."

Now, Khloe is seeking to ease away from Lamar and to make it clear that she's not going to reunite and reconcile their marriage. Kardashian is reportedly seeking a way to do it to satisfy Harden while not hurting her estranged husband.

Kardashian A Hero Or Zero?

While some are cheering for Khloe as a hero for stepping up to help her estranged husband in his time of need, others are terming her courage and kindness a zero because she has earned so much positive publicity, according to Sports World News.

Noting that Kardashian previously split and that the flock of paparazzi chronicling her every visit to the hospital has garnered her praise for sticking by her former man, Sports World News questions Khloe's actions. Is Khloe exploiting the publicity she's received to garner support and add to her fan base?

"Kardashian doesn't have to call a news conference every time she goes to visit...she knows because of her celebrity, she'll have photographers around, so she'll receive the praise of staying by Odom's side during his recovery," claims Sports World News.

What do you think about Khloe Kardashian? Should she be cheered and praised for caring for her estranged husband? Or with plans to dump him again and resume her romance with James Harden, has Khloe cancelled out any reason for kudos? Post your views below.

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