The 39-year-old Lamar Odom is reflecting on his past, including the time he had a strong connection with the one and only, Taraji P. Henson. The professional basketball player and the Empire actress dated back in 2009—yes, the same year he married Khloe Kardashian.
Odom in a new interview for the TV One series, “Uncensored,” has opened up about his breakup from the ‘Acrimony’ star, admitting that he was an “immature punk” when he broke up with her.
The former lovebirds dated on the low in 2009 thanks to former Hollywood’s favorite couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who helped them get together. In the interview, Odom says he was head over heels in love with Henson at first but had no idea how to tell her he was falling for another woman, reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian.
Odom says just thinking about Henson used to motivate him on the court — things like “getting to see her” would motivate him to destroy teams.
“She was a little older than me but I learned a lot from her because that was the most significant relationship as a grown-up that I had with a black woman. I used to carry her picture on the road with me. She gave me inspiration.”
However, the romance went downhill when he met Kardashian whom he says he felt it was love at first sight with (they married just 1 month after meeting). On how things ended with Henson, he said:
“Things ended with Taraji because of me being an immature punk. I didn’t know how to tell her I was falling in love with another woman named Khloe Kardashian.”
Odom and Khloe’s marriage later crashed in 2013 although their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2016. He has never hidden the fact that he still has feelings for Khloe although she moved on to Tristan Thompson.
As for Taraji, she is now engaged to former NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden.
By: Dammy Eneli