Basketball player and E! reality husband Lamar Odom has entered a rehab facility for drug and alcohol treatment, People Magazine has confirmed.
In recent weeks, it has been revealed that basketball player Lamar Odom has been battling an addiction with alcohol and drugs. It is thought that Odom has been using crack cocaine regularly for about 2 years, and has kept his famous in-laws in the dark about his troubles.
His reality star wife Khloé Kardashian-Odom reportedly staged an intervention a few weeks ago but failed as Lamar ran away, and was reported missing for a short period of time. Then, last week (August 30) the NBA free agent was arrested for DUI – driving under the influence – and refused chemical drug tests, fuelling allegations of his substance abuse.
Whilst all parties involved have kept quiet, it has been reported that only Khloé and her younger brother Rob Kardashian have known about his substance abuse problem. Rob is said to have been aware for the past year as he lives at the Odom residence, however the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan are said to have been kept in the dark until the news broke in recent weeks.
The family have been unusually quiet on the matter and are yet to comment on Lamar’s issues. However, an official statement is due to be released any time now that action has been taken.
33-year-old Lamar married Khloé – the youngest Kardashian sister – over four years ago after exactly 30 days of knowing each other. The couple soon got their own E! spin-off show Khloé and Lamar, but the show went on hiatus for unknown reasons after its second season aired in early 2012. Looking back in retrospect, it is very possible that the show wasn’t renewed for a third season due to Lamar’s drug problem spiralling out of control.
Also, Lamar became a fixture on parent show Keeping Up With the Kardashians but has been M.I.A in recent seasons, and has only appeared briefly in 2 episodes of the show’s eighth season – which is currently 14 episodes deep. Now, for a family that airs their entire lives on TV – live childbirth and all – it is definitely strange that one member of the family has rarely been seen for the past 18 months.
The couple’s marriage has been plagued with cheating allegations for the last 2 years, and recently it was alleged that Lamar has been with hookers whilst on drug binges. Khloé has always denied the cheating rumours but has remained silent on the recent allegations. However, it’s been reported that 29-year-old Khloé made her husband leave their family home a few days ago, with the ultimatum of either going to rehab or getting a divorce. This may well be a rumour, but if it’s not then bravo to Khloé as her tough love act worked.
Regardless, this news is absolutely heartbreaking and we are glad that Lamar is finally getting the help he needs. Hopefully he takes the treatment seriously as he has no doubt entered rehab unwillingly.