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Lamar Odom admits he made many mistakes in his marriage to Khloé Kardashian. Most of the couple’s negative moments stemmed from the former NBA player’s cocaine addiction and infidelity. After his 2015 overdose, though, Odom quit the illegal substance and credited his ex for helping him recover from the coma. 

Several years after his divorce and health crisis, Odom chatted with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about Kardashian and other past relationships. 

Lamar Odom and Khloé Kardashian embracing each other at an event.
Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom | Michael Buckner/Getty Images For AXE

Lamar Odom says Khloé Kardashian and her family showed him an ‘extreme amount of love’

In 2009, Odom became a part of the Kar-Jenner family when he and Kardashian tied the knot. Soon, the NBA star was reality TV royalty and had the red carpet laid out for him. The couple also had multiple business opportunities during their relationship. 

Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom attending an event in 2009.
Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Outside of the glitz and glamour, Odom says Kardashian and her family supported him through his addiction to cocaine. Although he initially kept his substance misuse from his wife, she took action once she found out what he was up to. While speaking with American Addiction Center’s Addiction Talk, Odom recalled the “extreme amount of love” he felt when Kardashian and Kris Jenner took him to rehab after being “so out of control” on cocaine. 

“I’m putting anything in my mouth, sniffing anything,” he recalls at the virtual event. “I was so out of control I guess the girl called Khloé. And the clan pulled up, like the A-Team, and out of love they took me right to the rehab.”

Lamar Odom is ‘grateful’ for what Khloé Kardashian did for him


Lamar Odom Recalls the Kar-Jenners ‘Pulling up Like the A-Team’ to Save His Life

Odom tells Showbiz Cheat Sheet that he’s more than “grateful” for the love Kardashian and the rest of the Kar-Jenner clan showed him. Additionally, he hopes his ex-wife and the family he describes as “royalty” sees how sorry he is for his past actions, even if they’re no longer a part of their lives. 

“As long as there isn’t any hate or ill will, I’m solid with that,” Odom says of his past relationships. “But if there is I would like to say I’m sorry and hopefully make it up one day.” 

‘You can’t run from the past’

In addition to holding space in his heart for the Kardashian-Jenner family, Odom says he doesn’t mind being associated with the famous bunch. Last month, the athlete made headlines after commenting under one of Kardashian’s Instagram posts. Although the action resulted in an unintended social media war with the Revenge Body star’s rumored boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, Odom has accepted his marriage to Kardashian will always keep him “relevant.” 

“You can’t run from your past,” he says. “I am who I am, and the people that came into my life were either there for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.”

 Odom’s documentary, Lamar Odom: Reborn, will air later this year. The athlete also spoke more about his 2015 overdose and coma on Addiction Talk on Facebook Live. 

American Addiction Centers offer help for those struggling with addiction. You can call their support line at 866-244-1070.
How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.