After several weeks of silence, Khloé Kardashian is finally addressing her decision to call off her divorce from estranged husband Lamar Odom. The former NBA star was hospitalized Oct. 12 after being found unconscious in a legal brothel in Pahrump, Nevada. Khloé, 30, was by his bedside in various hospitals and remained there until recently. That, coupled with their decision to put their divorce on hold, left many "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" fans wondering if a reconciliation might be in their future.
In an interview with People magazine, Khloé said rekindling their romance is the furthest thing from her mind. She told the publication that upon hearing the news about Odom, 35, she rushed to be by his side because she still does, and always will, "love and care about" him. The reality TV star added, however, that there is simply too much going on and far bigger things to worry about than getting their marriage back on track. Khloé told People that although she loves Odom, she feels that sometimes in love it's OK to "love from afar."
"There are too many other important things, too many medical things. It's not even in our brains thinking about us as a couple or having a relationship right now," she said. "I loved him always and I will always love him. I don't believe love is fickle. I believe when you love someone, you're allowed to love them from afar. You don't have to be with that person in order to love him."
Khloé also touched on Odom's recovery, which she and those surrounding the ex-Los Angeles Lakers player have kept a positive outlook about. She told People that just waking up was a major step for him, adding that he's had highs and lows in the days since then. Although Khloé is hopeful that he will one day make a full recovery, she knows it's going to be "a very long road ahead," and is just thankful he's alive. She said all she has wanted for the troubled athlete is "for him to be OK."
Odom suffered a stroke on Oct. 12 at Love Ranch South, a brothel owned by Dennis Hof. During his stay he was said to be indulging in drugs and herbal Viagra, which is thought to be what led to his condition. Blood tests from the Nye County Sheriff's Department found that Odom did, in fact, have cocaine in his system when he was hospitalized. He remained in a coma for four days, opening his eyes Oct. 16 and reportedly speaking to Khloé. Doctors have run several tests in search of any lasting damage to his brain and other vital organs. Thus far it appears his kidneys are the only organs failing. Odom has reportedly undergone six hours of dialysis since being hospitalized, which doctors are hoping to end. They are said to be looking into a kidney transplant.
Odom remains hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. At this time it is not clear when he will be released.