Lamar Odom finally went on the record today to talk about his “marriage” to Khloe Kardashian, which incidentally is not yet a legal union. (And for all we know, never will be.)
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Odom gave it up to ESPN 710’s Steve Mason and John Ireland, who host an afternoon drive show on the Los Angeles station. Why those guys? Ireland is also sideline reporter for Lakers TV broadcasts and travels with the team for months on end, so Odom obviously knows and trusts him.
The interview was more than a little awkward when it came to Odom talking about his relationship with Kardashian, as he was somewhat contractually constrained by E! over how he could express his undying love and affection for a woman whom he met a mere month ago.
But the radio duo did glean an iota of insight from Odom on why he decided to (loosely) tie the knot.
Transcript of his comments after the jump.
From ESPN 710’s Mason & Ireland show today: (audio link)
John Ireland: “The decision to get married, Why now?”
Odom: “I’ve been a rock star, been on my own. Since I was 16. … doing it (marriage) so fast, there were a lot of family members who couldn’t even agree. So I can imagine what it would look like to the outside person not involved in my life everyday.
“I fell in love and the reason why I knew I was in love was because, I knew how I felt when I wasn’t with that person or if she was no longer in my life. I’ve been in L.A. ten years and never had a problem meeting women.
“The first team I was on, they never won a game and people thought they were going to win a game because they had me on the team, (so women said) ‘oh man, he’s not ugly … (I) like him.’
“And then I moved to Miami and we all know what that scene is like down there. And then back here. And then I’m in L.A. and we just so happen to win a championship. So whether a woman work at Burger King or she was model that we all know by name, it never was a problem.
“But I finally met the one that I knew if had I lost her, it would hurt the most.”
Steve Mason: “Can you share how you met her or how long it took for you to know you were in love?”
Odom: “I can’t.”
From the tone of those rambling, somewhat nonsensical comments, do you sense Odom’s genuinely head-over-heels for Kardashian? To me he sounds more wedded to the idea of being a “rock star” than he does to being a husband.
Based on what we now know about the illegitimacy of the entire endeavor, part of me wants to feel sorry for Lamar. But his obvious, insatiable desire for attention has gotten the best of him, and mitigated any sympathy any normal-thinking person can have for him.
The best way to look at this is to ask yourself, can you imagine Khloe expressing similar sentiments about Lamar?
Yeah, I know. (Try not to laugh.)