Khloe Kardashian Focusing on Lamar Odom’s Health Over a Relationship With Him

by Jackie Willis 4:45 AM PDT, October 28, 2015
Playing Khloe Kardashian Focusing on Lamar Odom’s Health Over a Relationship With Him

Khloe Kardashian says she is not getting back together with Lamar Odom, even though they have put their divorce on hold. Right now, the sole focus is getting him better.

In her first interview since Lamar's hospitalization, Khloe recalls her reaction to learning that the former NBA pro was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13. "All I knew was I had to get there," she told People. "I had to get to him and make sure he was OK. I hate that he was in that situation. I wouldn't want anybody in that situation, especially someone I love and care about."

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Lamar was placed into a medically induced coma but woke up a few days later at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. After showing signs of improvement, he was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "The fact that he woke up was definitely a sigh of relief for everybody," Khloe said. "Every hour is different. It goes up and it goes down but he's awake. He's alive and that's all I wanted, was for him to be OK."

While Khloe clearly still cares for Lamar, working on her marriage is the last thing on her mind. "There are too many other important things, too many medical things," she explained. "It's not even in our brains thinking about us as a couple or having a relationship right now."

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The 31-year-old reality star added. "I loved him always, and I will always love him. I don't believe love is fickle. I believe when you love someone, you are allowed to love from afar. You don't have to be with that person in order to love him."

While Khloe has rarely left Lamar's bedside, she told the publication that this is something he'll have to do on his own. "There is a very long road ahead of [Lamar]," she said. "He has to walk that road by himself, and, most importantly, he has to want to walk that road. I will be there supporting him every step of the way."

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On Wednesday morning, Khloe went off on those criticizing her People cover and interview. "I want to make this VERY clear. ...My people cover, I shot and interviewed for PRIOR to all the events that happened," she tweeted. "It was contracted press for my book that I wrote months and months ago. Timing is what it is."

"Shame on you all for thinking the worst of me. It's been a tough few weeks. I don't need your fucked up energy!" Khloe continued. "Know the facts before you throw stones. I had to do a follow up five minute phoner after the events only because I was contracted to. I cancelled my book tour to avoid this attention."


Following her rant, she went on to thank her supporters. "To the ones who uplift and send love.... I love you more! I appreciate the support. Have a great day babies! Kisses and hugs."

ET learned exclusively last week that Khloe canceled her press tour for her new book, Strong Looks Better Naked, to be available to Lamar.

"Khloe hates to cancel or reschedule anything when it comes to work, but right now, her number one priority is getting Lamar back to good health," a source close to Khloe explained. "She won’t leave his side and knows that is the most important place she needs to be right now. She is canceling her press commitments for the time being."