Friday, 13 December 2013
Khloé Kardashian Drops Divorce Bomb on Lamar Odom
Safe to say you can remove "Khloé & Lamar" from your DVR rotation.
Khloé Kardashian, 29, today filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Lamar Odom, 34.
In the Los Angeles Superior Court petition, Kardashian cites "irreconcilable differences" for the reason behind the split. The couple has a prenup, so the division of their assets should be fairly tidy.
Friday's filing caps months of drama rife with reports of drug abuse, infidelity, and even forgiveness, and ends a marriage that once seemed too good to be true.
The two had a whirlwind romance, and shocked everyone when they tied the knot in September 2009 after just one month of dating.
But Kardashian and Odom appeared to to have a genuine connection, as they immortalized in the (much-lampooned) ad for their unisex fragrance, Unbroken.
Still, people definitely had their doubts about the marriage. Infidelity rumors dogged Lamar, and Khloé's well-publicized struggle to become pregnant put additional strain on the union. Regardless, the couple appeared to be solid despite any negative tabloid headlines that would occasionally pop up about their relationship.
However, those rumors became faces over the summer when multiple women claimed to have had affairs with the NBA player. In the meantime, Odom's substance use had gone from recreational to worrisome following the NBA season last April. On Aug. 30, he was arrested for a DUI after he was seen driving his white Mercedes SUV erratically on an L.A. freeway just before 4 a.m.
In what appeared to be a step in the right direction, Odom checked into rehab in early September ... however, he checked right back out after only one day. With Odom refusing to get help, Khloé reportedly kicked the NBA player out of their shared home. The two began living separate lives as he stayed at his apartment in downtown Los Angeles while Khloé hid out at her mom's.
Despite putting on a brave face on social media, Khloé made some not so subtle changes to her monikers. On Sept. 4, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star dropped "Odom" from her Instagram name, going simply by "Khloé Kardashian." The following day, Lamar broke his silence on the social media platform defending the Kardashians and slamming his father.
"Won't continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick," Odom began. "I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of s---. He wasn't there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons," Lamar vented. "That man wasn't even invited to my wedding. He has never met my mother in law and some of my other family. How can a man who has NOT once called me to check on my well being have the nerve to talk so recklessly about his own 'son.' He is my downfall! His own demons may be the ONLY thing he gave 2 me. He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return."
Although the message appeared promising, it clearly wasn't enough. Two days later Khloé dropped Odom's surname from her Twitter account ... which just so happened to coincide with her and Lamar's fourth wedding anniversary. On Sept. 27 instead of celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, Khloé and Lamar spent it apart.
The couple shot down rumors of an imminent split many times, including during a joint interview with News Weekly in February, when Odom and Kardashian insisted there was no out-of-the-ordinary trouble in paradise.
"Yes, we bicker, but we make sure to never go to bed angry," Khloé insisted.
Odom noted, "This girl is going to make you talk it out! Trust me!" He added, "We love each other so much."
In October, it appeared as if Khloé and Lamar were on the path to reconciliation. The couple made their first public appearance together in months at Kanye West's Los Angeles concert, where a happy Lamar appeared to be back in the good graces of Khloé's family. A few days later, Odom was even on hand to celebrate Kris Jenner's 58th birthday. Khloé and Lamar even entered couples therapy.
However, things took a turn for the worse in late November.
On Nov. 22, TMZ published a bizarre video of Lamar rapping, where he essentially admitted to cheating on Khloé. One lyric: "And when Khloé's out of town / I still be on the DL." This, reportedly, was Khloé's last straw.
Kardashian has not been photographed wearing her wedding ring since Nov. 23, and went back to posting cryptic messages on Instagram and Twitter. On Thursday, she shared a picture with the quote, "I am strong because I've been weak. I am fearless because I've been afraid. I am wise because I've been foolish."
The marriage was the first for both.