October 23, 2013 12:00 PM by Suzy Kerr
Monday’s huge birthday party/secret proposal bash for Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian was attended by around 50 members of her family and closest friends – but there was one noticeable absence. Brother-in-law Lamar Odom, husband to sister Khloe Kardashian, was nowhere in sight, which had some people believing that he’d been shunned like an Amish teenager caught with a crack pipe. However, in a bizarrely candid interview with TMZ, the NBA player says that wasn’t the case. He simply had better things to do – not involving crack pipes, let’s hope.
Lamar’s recent battle with drugs and his continued estrangement from his wife have been grabbing headlines for months now, but the last couple of weeks there seems to have been an improvement. The basketballer’s been having lunch with friends, attending Halloween parties and he even met up with L.A. Lakers execs to discuss a contract. The erratic behavior appeared to be coming to an end, but then he decided to make a TMZ reporter his confidante, and c’mon, that’s just weird. Celebrities and even quasi-celebs don’t make a habit out of lengthy convos with the paparazzi. Something’s up with Khloe Kardashian’s man.
In the TMZ video, the reporter approaches Lamar and asks why he wasn’t invited to Kim’s party. Lamar says, “Who told you I wasn’t invited? You see my wedding ring on? Of course I was invited.” When asked why he didn’t attend, Lamar cryptically replies, “I had something to do.” Hmmm….interesting. Lamar chose not to elaborate on exactly what he had to do, but he did decide shortly after that a hug with the TMZ guy was in order. “You wanna give me a hug? C’mere and give me a hug,” he says, to which TMZ Dude hilariously responds, “Um, am I going to be released from this hug?”
Lamar Odom is clearly a different guy than the Lamar Odom we knew last year. Last year’s Lamar was a solid, dependable guy, and he and Khloe Kardashian seemed (almost) like a normal couple. But this year’s Lamar misses out on major family functions and has inexplicable hug-it-out needs with the paps.
So what’s going on with the dude anyway? Will we learn more as this season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians continues? Give us your theories in the comments!
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