Former “X Factor” U.S. host Khloe Kardashian is insisting that she still loves her husband, basketball star Lamar Odom, amid the latest tabloid rumors that they are headed for divorce. Kardashian (who is 29) and Odom (who is 33) have been married since 2009, but their busy careers have often kept them apart, and tabloids have constantly reported that the couple is getting divorced. (Kardashian has repeatedly denied these rumors.)
On July 10, 2013, tabloids Star magazine and Radar Online (which are both owned by American Media Inc.) reported that Odom had been cheating on Kardashian for a year with a 29-year-old stripper named Jennifer Richardson. And when Kardashian found out about the alleged affair earlier this year, the spouses began sleeping in separate rooms.
An unnamed source told Radar Online: “Things have been very, very tense in the house for a great deal of time. Khloe kicked Lamar out of their bedroom several months ago and he was sleeping in one of the mansion’s guest rooms. She fears Lamar has been cheating on her with various women. It really irked Khloe when Lamar was blatantly caught going to a strip joint.”
On July 10, 2013, Odom lashed out at paparazzi who had been following him in the Los Angeles area and questioning Odom about his marital situation. According to several reports and video footage taken of the incident, Odom smashed a photographer’s camera equipment and car with a metal bar. Kardashian then addressed the situation by tweeting after Odom’s run-in with the paparazzi: “F*ck the papz!!!!! You f*cking losers!!!!! But shout out to my hubby for posing with the fans! I love my Lam!” When asked on Twitter about her alleged marital problems and possible divorce, Kardashian responded, “Hehehe, I just love my hubby.”
Khloe Kardashian is not having a very good 2013. She was fired from “The X Factor” U.S. after getting an avalanche of complaints from viewers, who said she was a horrible and unprofessional host. Mario Lopez, who began co-hosting “The X Factor” U.S. with Kardashian in October 2012, will continue to host the show.
Khloe’s bad year also included her older sister Kim getting a huge amount of publicity for being pregnant with Kanye West’s first child and giving birth to a daughter named North. Even though Khloe insisted in interviews that she was very happy for Kim, Khloe has had well-publicized infertility issues and has been desperate to get pregnant, which would make it difficult for Khloe to not feel even a tiny bit jealous that her older sisters Kim and Kourtney have become mothers before she has and that their pregnancies have gotten so much media coverage.
Odom has two children — Destiny (born in 1998) and Lamar Jr. (born in 2002) — with his ex-girlfriend Liza Morales, who has been in an ongoing legal battle with him over child support. The former couple also had a son named Jaden, who was born in 2005, and passed away in 2006 of sudden infant death syndrome.
Khloe was tainted by a charity scandal involving Odom when it was revealed by ESPN in March 2013 that Cathy’s Kids, a charity founded in 2005 by Odom for cancer research, had not given any of the approximately $2.2 million it had raised over the years to cancer research, and instead used some of its money to “to finance two elite youth basketball travel teams.” Although Khloe did not found Cathy’s Kids, she and Odom used their fame to raise money for the organization. In a statement, the couple denied any wrongdoing about Cathy’s Kids.
As much as the Kardashians expose their lives on their reality TV shows, they have chosen not to expose Khloe’s serious marital problems and alleged separation on their reality shows.