Lamar Odom made a public appearance last night at Kanye West’s New York fashion show, according to a report from the New York Daily News. It was the first public appearance for Lamar since he was hospitalized four months ago. Odom’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, and the rest of the Kardashian family also attended in support of Kanye, who’s married to Kim Kardashian, as he launched both an album, The Life of Pablo, and an Adidas sportswear collection at Madison Square Garden. The name of the event was Yeezy Season 3. Also in attendance were Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, and Caitlyn Jenner.
Lamar limped a bit as he entered Madison Square Garden to roaring applause, escorted by Kanye, but otherwise seemed well, quite a recovery since his near-death experience. On October 13, 36-year-old Odom was found unconscious with blood running from his nose at a Nevada brothel named Love Ranch before falling into a coma for four days. Reports were that Lamar had been on a four-day binge involving cocaine and herbal Viagra. He was not expected to live. Odom has since made a miraculous recovery and has regained most of his motor skills.
A source told People, “Lamar’s recovery is remarkable. Even with all the sophisticated medical technology, it has been impossible to predict his outcome… Lamar was in very, very bad shape. Both physically and cognitively. There is only that much help that someone can receive. In Lamar’s case, it’s very much his own physical strength and all of his hard work in therapy that has paid off. He also has the mindset of a professional athlete. He never once gave up.”
Recently, TMZ reported that Lamar completed a hike with wife Khloe and sister-in-law Kim. Photos of Odom weren’t provided in that report, so fans weren’t sure of his physical appearance. But a couple of days ago, TMZ also reported on a sighting of Lamar boarding a private plane with Khloe, and he looked healthy in those pictures. A source said this to People regarding the couple’s flight together.
“Khloé and Lamar made the decision together to fly to N.Y.C. It’s a fun trip for Lamar. They both seemed excited. Khloé will make sure that he is taken care of. For Lamar, it’s very important that he keeps regaining his old life. This will motivate him so he is able to keep focusing and work hard. Think of it as a reward. Flying on private jets across the country was his life before. Khloé is nothing but protective of Lamar. She would never jeopardize his health. It’s very exciting that Lamar is getting back into his old world. No one deserves it more.”
Khloe moved Odom into a house near hers not long ago so she could assist with his rehabilitation. Last night’s appearance confirmed both his much-improved health and the friendly relationship between Lamar and his wife.
During Lamar Odom’s hospitalization at Cedars-Sinai, Kanye visited him often and played rough cuts of his music for Odom. One of the first signs that he was recovering was when he began remembering some of the lyrics to the songs Kanye had played for him. Lamar realizes the importance of Kanye’s music in his recovery, and it was important to him that he attend last night’s event.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have been married since September 27, 2009. Khloe filed for divorce in 2013, but it has never been finalized. Odom played professional basketball for 15 years, from 1999 to 2014. In that time, he played for six different teams — the Los Angeles Clippers, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers, and then for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in Spain. Lamar won two NBA championships while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, one in 2009 and one in 2010. Odom also was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
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