The news about former Lakers player Lamar Odom continues to be uncertain concerning his condition. It has been less than 24 hours since he was found unconscious in a brothel in Las Vegas and rushed to a local hospital. As of right now, what we know is that he has had multiple strokes according to an MRI and that his organs may be failing.
While TMZ has reported that Lamar’s chances are 50/50, our source says that hospital staff are saying that only a miracle can save him at this point. What’s worse is that they have said if he does recover, the former basketball star only has a ten percent chance of not having any type of brain damage. “No one knows how long he was unconscious, and with all the drugs found in his system, it truly will take a miracle for him to come out of this unscathed,” they said.
It is no secret that Lamar has been going through a lot over the past two years. It is also no secret that he has had a less than ideal childhood with his mother dying when he was 12 and his father being addicted to drugs. He seems to have always been on the “wrong side of the tracks” even after he entered the NBA. It also seems that his relationship with Khloe gave him some a kind of stability at one point, that he has never really had in his life.
That’s what I want to talk about because yes, the Kardashians get a lot of flack. Hell I give them a lot myself, but I am intrigued by their rallying around Lamar and in particular, Khloe reportedly being inconsolable. Looking at their relationship and how she is “heartbroken” over Lamar’s condition, it makes me wonder why they divorced in the first place. (No, they’re not technically divorced yet since the judgement has not yet been entered into court) Yes, I know it more than likely had to do with his drug problems, the difference in their careers and, let’s just be honest here, her family’s fame. But perhaps Khloe served as a kind of savior for the 35-year-old during their marriage. Maybe, she loved him because she thought she could save him (and for a time did) and seeing him now means that she failed.
Now I know that may not sound fair because no one can save another person, but that does not mean that we don’t try. I know I have. Because I believed that the good in me and my ability to lift myself up in trying times was strong enough to do the same for others. I found out the hard way that no amount of saving can make up for a person’s own desire to be saved.
I am exploring this notion because they seem to have been really in love. Lamar himself said that they were two people who fell in love with each other, but for whatever reason, things… life got in the way and put them in a place in which they felt it best to go their separate ways.
Their romance, like so many others, was a whirlwind. He loved her during the times in her life when others might say; she was not at her best or didn’t have a strong sense of love for herself. They married in 2009 after only one month of meeting each other. I mean that says something right? They even televised their wedding on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” (KUWTK) and at least according to her sister Kim, Khloe and Lamar had found true love.
“They’re very, very happy… They’ve been together a few weeks and are literally inseparable. Khloe thinks he’s amazing and makes her laugh and smile constantly.” Kim K. told people magazine.
From there they moved super fast, as in married five days after announcing their engagement fast.
Some may look at the facts and assume that there were ulterior motives all over the place. He had been with the mother of his children, Liza Morales, for over ten years, and they had never made it as far as walking down the aisle. What made Khloe Kardashian so special? Was it the fame and the newness. Or was it the way in which she made him feel; about life… about himself?
The Kardashian clan embraced him, which is evident in the fact that they rushed to his side so quickly upon hearing about what happened to him. Kylie Jenner abruptly ended her live stream and Kendall Jenner tweeted this morning “please don’t go.” They gave him something that he probably never had, and that was the feel of family, regardless how screwed up they may seem in the eyes of the public.
Some jaded ones may say that this is great timing as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” new season comes out in November, but sources have confirmed that no cameras of any kind have been allowed anywhere near the hospital. It’s also been stated by production sources that KUWTK is on hiatus. Yes, I know this storyline will find it’s way in, but hopefully they’ll handle it as delicately as they did with the double ‘About Bruce’ episodes.
Things were not easy as they both learned through trial and error, and it was clear that Lamar had some “demons” to work through. After being arrested for a DUI in 2103, he checked himself into a rehab facility and Khloe filed for divorce a month later.
Since their separation and their divorce, Khloe has expressed on numerous occasions the affection she still holds for Lamar, which has played out via conversations and phone calls in several episodes of KUWTK.
“Lamar and I loved each other deeply, and I don’t believe in just acting like that relationship never existed…. “Things happened, but that doesn’t just stop me from caring about him or loving him.”
According to a Complex magazine interview with Khloe, she speaks fondly of Lamar and seems clear on the fact that Lamar will always be that person for her.
“Lamar is genuinely one of the best people I’ve ever met…”
Maybe these two are the picture of what happens when true love happens too soon. As I am sure she and her family are praying and hoping for a miracle, we are too.