Lamar Odom is reportedly in rehab just days after his divorce from former wife Khloe Kardashian was said to be finalized.
Nearly four years to the day that Kardashian filed documents to end her marriage, the former NBA player is said to be in good spirits as he attempts to conquer his years-long struggles with substance abuse.
“Lamar is in good spirits,” a source told People Magazine on December 12. “Lamar checked into rehab a week ago. He plans to stay for 30 days. It’s a substance abuse program, but he was not abusing drugs when he went in. He is clean. This is a precautionary measure.”
Lamar Odom was seen in Los Angeles earlier this month after spending time in New York City, where his children, daughter Destiny and son Lamar Jr., live with their mother, Liza Morales.
“[Lamar Odom] wants to stay clear and focused. With the divorce from Khloe being finalized and the holidays coming up, he doesn’t want to slip up. He’s trying to take care of himself. He really wants to be better,” the insider continued. “His friends and family encouraged him to go in and he agreed and made the decision.”
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian got married in September 2009 and in December 2013, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star filed for divorce amid rumors of cheating and drug abuse. However, even after her filing, Kardashian stayed in touch with Odom and when the former Los Angeles Lakers player suffered a drug overdose in October of last year, she immediately boarded a jet with a couple of her family members and flew to be at his side.
Because they were still technically married at the time, Kardashian was left in charge of making key decisions for Lamar Odom’s medical care. While Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian filed documents to have their request for divorce thrown out in late 2015, they reportedly did so only so that Kardashian could continue to aid in Odom’s recovery. Then, as Odom was released from the hospital in January, rumors swirled in regard to the possibility of him and Kardashian getting back together.
During an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians earlier this year, the former couple was seen talking about their tainted marriage and discussing the possibility of divorcing and remarrying. They even spoke of the idea of a second wedding.
Following a new series of rumors earlier this year which suggested Lamar Odom was using drugs again, Kardashian re-filed documents to end their marriage.
“She was loyal for a long time and taking care of [Lamar Odom], but she’s not a babysitter and needs to move on with her life,” a source explained to People Magazine at the time.
“She’s there for him and they’re in regular contact and she wishes him well. She’ll always be there for him. But as far as their marriage is concerned, that’s over and has been for quite some time. It was time to make it official,” the source continued.
“Khloe cares about [Lamar Odom] and he’ll always be in her life, but there is only so much you can do for a person. You can’t help or fix someone who won’t fix themselves.”
After the second divorce filing, photos surfaced of Lamar Odom getting sick in his plane seat after reportedly becoming drunk during a flight from Los Angeles.
Weeks after the shocking photos hit the web, Kardashian moved on from Lamar Odom with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson and the couple has been dating ever since. They’ve also enjoyed several trips together, including vacations in Mexico and Miami.
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