Lamar Odom is an American basketball player who recently released a tell-all memoir named Darkness to Light in which he touches upon the ups and downs of his life. From tough times during his early years to his career as a professional athlete, Odom describes how the events that he has experienced throughout his life has made him who he is today.
He talks about the impact that certain people have made on him, which, of course, means that many well-known celebrities make an appearance throughout the book, from past lovers, including his ex-wife of four years, Khloe Kardashian, to fellow athletes like Kobe Bryant.
These revelations are actually very sensitive as they expose details about difficult times in which his demons got the best of him. It's extremely brave of Odom to put himself in such a vulnerable position, but it seems as though he wanted the world to know his story.
Keep scrolling to read about the 9 shocking things that Lamar Odom revealed about his life.
Who is Lamar Odom?
via: Getty ImagesOdom was born in New York in 1979 and was brought up in a rough family situation. His father was a heroin addict and his mother died early on in his life due to colon cancer. That's pretty difficult for a twelve-year-old to handle. He admitted in an interview with Sports Illustrated that the last words that his mom uttered to him were: "Be nice to everybody". Heartbreaking.
It didn't get any easier...
via: Getty ImagesWith minimal family support, he was left to fend for himself, but constantly seemed to find himself in trouble at school and that continued all the way through into his professional career.
He didn't make it easy for himself either.
That isn't sportsman-like behavior.
Eventually, after a few more hiccups, his career took off and he found himself thrust into the limelight.
via: Getty ImagesHe played for many basketball teams, including Miami Heat and the LA Lakers, cementing his career as a professional basketball player.
His personal life was also a whirlwind.
via: Getty ImagesAfter divorcing his first wife, he married Khloe Kardashian in 2009, after only a month of dating. Boy, they moved fast! Because the couple was constantly in the media's attention, we all heard about the problems that they faced throughout their seven-year marriage. And in 2013, they decided to call it quits, filing for a divorce. It must have been a terrible strain on their relationship, trying to keep things private, as we will discover in the revelations that Odom mafe about his time with Khloe.
But not all was bad!
via: Getty ImagesIf they lasted for four years, they must have had some good times too, right? Let's take a look at some of the highlights. Halfway through their marriage, they released a perfume together named "Unbreakable Bond by Khloe and Lamar," which was supposed to be a representation of their relationship. Yikes. But at the time, it was cute as hell.
They also shared plenty of lovey-dovey moments throughout the filming of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Old habits die hard.
via: Getty ImagesOne problem that remained constant, and that Lamar talks about in more detail in his memoir, is his addiction problem. Drugs, drink and sex. It was tough dealing with all three issues, but he (just about) managed to survive it.
It didn't end there...
2. His First Orgy
3. Fake Penis
via: Getty ImagesJust when you thought there could be no more cheating scandals, I've got one more for you. I hope this is the last one, but I can't make any promises. During the ructions process for the 2004 US team at the Olympics, all members are required to take a drug test. Of course, it's a standard procedure. But Odom knew for sure that he was not going to pass because he had been "smoking weed everyday that summer," so you'll never believe his solution. "We ordered a giant rubber black c**k to arrive the next day". Yes, you read that right.
It gets worse...
4. His Love Interests
via: Getty ImagesThis chapter started with a bold statement: "I've had sex with more than two thousand women". Odom claims that he doesn't remember most of the names of these women and that's mainly because they were "one night stands," so they didn't really mean much to him. He had unprotected sex multiple times and paid for so many abortions that he'd lost count. He did say that he wasn't proud of it, but I guess that's what happens when you're addicted to sex.
5. His Relationship with Taraji P. Henson
via: Getty ImagesActress and singer, Taraji P. Henson, known for her role in American drama series, Empire, is one of the hot topics of all the revelations. Their relationship has been described as a "secret affair".
It was all going well for a little while...
But the break-up was almost inevitable.
6. Threatening to kill Khloe
Nothing good can ever come from a drug addiction.
However, Odom wasn't having any of it.
7. Khloe Caught Him Cheating
You wouldn't believe this story!
We feel for you, Khloe!
8. Odom vs Jenner
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Lamar, his relationship with Khloe was completely damaged by this point, but he still had a little bit of hope left. That was until Kris Jenner got involved.
What she did wasn't nice at all.
We kind of saw this coming.
9. His Near Death Experience
He was hospitalized.
via: Getty ImagesWhen Khloe found out about what had happened, she, Kris and Kim all flew out to be with the basketball star. He praised Khloe and Kim for not leaving his side but, as for Kris, he claims that she still "cared too much for the brand".
So there we have it!
via: Getty ImagesOdom went through a lot in his lifetime and his book, Darkness to Light, tells the story of each of the most defining moments, from his battle with addiction all the way down to the breakdown of his relationships. Some good has come out of all this, though; all of these events have made him the man that he is today. Darkness to Light is available to purchase right now.