ET’s Kevin Frazier sat down with the 39-year-old athlete for an intimate chat about everything from his 2015 drug overdose and the tragic death of his son, to the perils of sporting fame and his much-publicized love life.
But when it came to his most famous ex, Khloe, Odom said he felt for the reality star as Thompson’s alleged cheating scandal blew up in 2018.
“It’s a bad situation,” he said. “She doesn’t deserve that. She’s a beautiful person from the inside out. You know, [it’s] just a man being as stupid as I was. Just a bad decision.”
Odom was referring to his own history of being unfaithful to Khloe, something he discussed in his new memoir, Darkness to Light: A Memoir, which also covers his almost-fatal drug overdose at a Nevada brothel, where he was found unresponsive after four days of partying in October 2015.
Odom says he also doesn’t “have much of a relationship now” with the rest of the Kardashian family, including Kardasian’s mother, Kris Jenner. Still, he says he’ll always be grateful for Kardashian’s help during such a crucial time.
“I love you and thank you for being there for me when I couldn’t walk or talk,” he says when asked what he would say to his ex-wife today. “You know, when you marry someone after knowing them 30 days, I don’t think that love will go away. You know what I’m saying? A piece of paper that says we’re not together no more, that love will never go away.”