NBA star Lamar Odom was a tabloid fixture during his marriage to reality star, Khloe Kardashian. Those headlines took a grim turn when Odom OD’d in a Nevada brothel, he nearly died. In a world exclusive, Lamar sat down with me to discuss his struggle with celebrity, addiction, and recovery. Here’s a reminder. Lamar Odom shot like a meteor from Queens to the NBA. The high school, All-American, played one year of college hoops before he became a first round draft pick by the LA Clippers. He was just 19 years old. Lamar would win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Two championships with the LA Lakers and the NBA’s prestigious sixth man of the year award. He was a star on the court and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian in 2009 made him a star off the court. He was a regular on the hit show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And the couple even scored a spinoff show, Khloe and Lamar in 2011. On the outside, Lamar Odom’s life looked like a vision board. Young, rich, famous, talented with a beautiful family. But below the surface, Lamar was trapped in the tragedy of his past. At 12 years old, Lamar lost his mother suddenly to colon cancer. In 2003, Lamar’s grandmother who raised him also passed away. And three years later, to the day, Lamar lost his six-month-old son Jayden to sudden infant death syndrome. The losses were more than Lamar could bear. Allegations of drug abuse plagued the basketball star in a misguided attempt to heal the wounds of his past. And to top it all off… More bad news for Lamar Odom. Khloe Kardashian has filed for divorce. Khloe says she’s going to go forward with the divorce. Are you okay with that? Um, everything is under discussion. (mysterious music) Was it rock bottom? Within months, rumors started flying that Lamar was using again. Pictures surfaced of Lamar allegedly in a pub on Easter weekend. Then a couple of months later, reports surfaced that friends staged an intervention that failed. Then he was reportedly so intoxicated on a flight that passengers said he was vomiting on the plane. I sat down with Lamar to address for the first time that fateful night of his overdose and all the rumors floating around of his subsequent relapses. Obviously, there’s a lot of speculation. What was your last memory before waking up in the hospital? Being in that damn brothel and thinking I was gonna just rest a little bit. When you woke up in the hospital, did you know why you were there? No, it’s crazy ’cause that night I didn’t do any coke or anything like that. You know, so I was kinda confused too with how I got like that. I didn’t know until Khloe had told me that I was in a coma. I couldn’t even speak at the time. I couldn’t talk, I was scared. I will openly admit to you that I was an ER doc. I was scared to death for your life. It was hard to think to what could have possibly happened to have put him in that place. I wasn’t in a good place mentally before that incident happened. Me and my wife at the time were going through some things. I was in a dark place. Ever since my son died, ever since my mother died, I never talked about anything. It’s a lonely place. It is. There have been reports that even since what happened to you, last October, that you still been using substances. Is that true or false? False. But I’m here so that doesn’t happen again. You know when you can kinda see something coming. What do you mean by that? Like that urge or that itch. Is it true your mom taught you to be nice to everyone you meet? Yeah. You do a pretty good job of that, wouldn’t you say? Yeah. Do you ever feel like maybe you could be a little nicer to yourself? I need to start doing that. So, you ready to make the commitment to make sure you don’t go back down that rabbit hole? Exactly. This time, I might not be pulled out of that rabbit hole. You ready to do this? Let’s do it. Alright.
Alright. Alrighty. Alright, man.
Alright, brother. Good luck to you.
Thanks. I look forward to talking to you when you’re done. Yup.