Khloe Kardashian knows her estranged husband, Lamar Odom, has a tough road ahead, but she says she “will be there supporting him every step of the way.”
The reality TV star opened up to People magazine about Odom’s recovery after he was found unconscious at the Love Ranch, a Nevada brothel where he had been for several days. While the couple were in the final stages of a divorce that has now been put on hold, Kardashian rushed to Odom’s side following his medical crisis.
However, she told People there are no plans for her and Odom to get back together.
“There are too many other important things, too many medical things,” she said. “It’s not even in our brains thinking about us as a couple or having a relationship right now.”
The couple married in 2009 after dating for a month and then split in 2013 among reports of alleged infidelity and substance abuse by Odom. But the pair have maintained they still care for each other.
“I loved him always, and I will always love him,” Kardashian told People in a new cover story. “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.”
She was there when he awakened, and Odom reportedly had his first words for her. Since then he’s been recovering in a Los Angeles hospital, where a hopeful Kardashian remains cautiously optimistic.
“The fact that he woke up was definitely a sigh of relief for everybody,” Kardashian 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 okay.”
But while People’s cover image on its website included language saying that Kardashian “opens up about her bedside vigil and what’s next,” the reality star tweeted that “my people cover, I shot and interviewed for PRIOR to all the events that happened.”
I want to make this VERY clear…. My people cover, I shot and interviewed for PRIOR to all the events that happened. PART 1
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) October 28, 2015
She added, “I had to do a follow up 5 minute phoner after the events only because I was contracted to. I cancelled my book tour to avoid this attention.”
I had to do a follow up 5 minute phoner after the events only because I was contracted to. I cancelled my book tour to avoid this attention. — Khloé (@khloekardashian) October 28, 2015
Khloe Kardashian has gone public with the fact that, despite calling off their divorce, she and Lamar Odom are not getting back together. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has indeed remained by her ex’s side throughout his hospitalization, but there’s been no romantic reconciliation between the two.
So what does that mean exactly for her relationship with James Harden? E! News can confirm the couple is still 100 percent an item. “Khloe and James never broke up. He’s been so understanding and he knows that Khloe’s love for Lamar is deeper than what most people can understand,” a source tells us. “He’s been very understanding and supportive. Lamar has a long road ahead of him and Khloe will always have the love she has for Lamar.”
In fact, Khloe exclusively tells E! News that she remains focused on the present and is taking everything as it comes. “It’s been a very emotional time, but I just continue to have faith and take it day by day. I appreciate all the support from fans.” Meanwhile, a second source says, “Khloe is committed to helping Lamar with his recovery…She’s giving all of her time and emotion to Lamar and has dedicated her life to helping him right now.” Despite that, Harden—who is also focused on gearing up for the Houston Rockets’ first game of the 2015-16 NBA season—has remained committed to his relationship with her.
Khloe explained in her People interview she is very much aware of how the situation with Lamar complicates her other relationship, but she’s grateful for Harden’s understanding, support and love during this trying time. “He’s been great with me, and I’m just allowing everything to unfold,” she told the magazine. “If it’s ever too overwhelming [for him], then I understand that as well.”
James Harden, 26, is an all-star professional basketball player for the NBA Houston Rockets and formerly with the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2015, Harden was awarded the first National Basketball Players Association MVP Award and a $200,000,000 contract with Adidas, after he began dating the Kardashian sister.