- Lamar Odom told Insider he didn’t realize how many of his Khloé Kardashian comments were shown on “CBB.”
- “I was just answering questions that they were asking me,” he explained of his confessional quotes.
- “She’ll always be in my heart,” he said, adding that at his lowest point she took care of him.
In an interview with Insider on Tuesday following his Monday night eviction from the “Celebrity Big Brother” house, Lamar Odom said he wasn’t constantly talking about his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian and his desire to win her back unprompted, despite what it may have seemed like to viewers.
“I didn’t realize it until maybe toward the end of the show, that they were using everything in the Diary Room for TV,” Odom said, referring to the space where “Big Brother” houseguests go to speak privately to the camera. Some, but not all, of contestants’ Diary Room footage ends up used in the episode that air on TV, which Odom didn’t know.
“I wasn’t just, out of the blue, ‘Let’s talk about Khloé. Can I talk about Khloé?'” he added, clarifying that he “was just answering questions” that the producers off-camera asking were him.
He said he wished “Celebrity Big Brother” would’ve showed a little bit more about who he is as an individual rather than using so many of his quotes about Kardashian in the aired episodes.
But at the end of the day, he said he knows he’s in the entertainment business and clips of him talking about his famous ex “makes for good TV, I guess.”
Odom didn’t only speak about Kardashian in his private confessionals. He also discussed her with some of his fellow houseguests, like when he told “Real Housewives” star Cynthia Bailey on an early episode of “Celebrity Big Brother” that he “never thought about getting married again” after his split with Kardashian and admitted he “didn’t treat that good woman right.”
Odom and Kardashian were married a month after they met each other in 2009, and remained married for seven years. Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013 following rumors of Odom’s drug use and infidelity, as BuzzFeed News reported.
Kardashian paused divorce proceedings in 2015 after Odom experienced a near-fatal drug overdose that caused him to have six strokes and 12 seizures, per Buzzfeed News. His heart also reportedly stopped twice and he was in a coma.
Kardashian restarted divorce proceedings when Odom was on the road to recovery, and the divorce was finalized in December 2016.
The former NBA star told Insider he hasn’t been in contact with his ex-wife recently, but said his manager has spoken to Kardashian’s mother and manager, Kris Jenner, possibly about returning “some items” of his. (Representatives for Kardashian and Jenner didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.)
Odom expressed a desire to reunite with Kardashian on “Celebrity Big Brother” and reiterated as much to Insider, saying if he was given the chance to speak with her, he would ask for “a half hour” of her time.
“She’ll always be in my heart,” he told Insider. “And at the worst time in my life, she was there to pick me up and even attempted to wipe my backside when I couldn’t walk or talk. So, if you can’t understand that, then I guess you can’t understand my journey.”
At the least, Odom hopes that he and Kardashian “can be friends” one day.
The “Celebrity Big Brother” season three finale airs Wednesday at 8 pm ET on CBS.