When Yahoo! Style chatted with Khloe Kardashian over a month ago, no one had any idea that the 31-year-old reality star’s life was about to be turned upside down. At the time, the interview focused on Kardashian’s newly svelte physique, her upcoming book, Strong Looks Better Naked, and her budding relationship with NBA star James Harden.
“I haven’t really spoken a lot about him,” Kardashian said of Harden at the time. “I’ve learned from experience you just never know what happens in life. I’ve chosen to keep things closer to my heart until I figure it out. I love hard, I love who I love, and I don’t make any qualms about it.”
The conversation inevitably turned to Kardashian’s former love, estranged husband Lamar Odom, who would be found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel just a few weeks after the interview. At the time, Kardashian said she didn’t regret one moment of her whirlwind romance and marriage to the onetime Lakers star, calling it “the best time of her life.”
Now, Khloe and Lamar face one of the most difficult times of their lives, as the 35-year-old former NBA player remains hospitalized, recovering with his wife by his side. While speculation about the men in Kardashian’s life has run rampant in recent weeks — the reality star called off her and Odom’s impending divorce to maintain power of attorney and have a say in medical decisions — she’s keeping mum on Odom’s condition as well as their relationship.
“There is so much more medically and emotionally that we have to go through in order to even think about anything romantically,” she said of speculation surrounding the halted divorce in a follow-up interview last week. “This is a very serious situation with a lot of layers. He has a long road ahead of him, and I will be there by his side. I will always love him unconditionally. That will never waver coming from me.”
She’s also standing strong on protecting her and Odom’s privacy as the 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year continues his recovery.
“If you look at my past with him, I’ve always been more private,” she explained. “So for me, keeping this private is a big deal. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about it, and I think they shouldn’t you shouldn’t talk about a medical situation unless you’re around it.”
Kardashian even recently shut down content on her personal app and website to devote her time and attention to Odom’s recovery, calling the announcement “so bizarre.”
“Even to do that, I literally had to be talked into it — why do I have to post something informing people that I’m not posting anything? It was just bizarre to me,” she said. “It’s silly how much you do focus on social media when your life is just kind of fluffy or whatever, and now it’s the last thing on my mind.”
While her relationship with Harden is certainly under strain, due to the situation with Odom as well as the recently begun NBA regular season, all Kardashian will say it that it’s still on.
“Not everyone needs to know everything about you — I know that sounds crazy coming from me. There’s already so much access to [my family], I wanted to keep a little percentage of my life just for me,” she said. “Right now, at this moment — I can’t even tell you what’s going to happen in 30 minutes, which I’ve learned recently — but James and I are great, and we’re on a great page. As of this moment, he’s been very supportive. He and I are doing just fine.”