Khloé Kardashian has tackled a lot of hot button issues on her show “Kocktails With Khloé.” Most recently the reality star turned author discussed racism with her guests, revealing that she’s experienced it during her lifetime.
Khloé, 31, broached the subject during Wednesday’s episode of the late night FYI show. She shared with guest Tia Mowry that the first time she fell victim to racism was during her marriage to Lamar Odom when they moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2011. The couple moved so Lamar, 36, could play professional basketball for the Mavericks. She noticed that people seemed uncomfortable with their union. She said that for her, it wasn’t an instinct to warn people beforehand that her husband was black, adding that people’s jaws would “drop” when they saw her now-estranged hubby. Khloé claims that their different races was repeatedly used to bash her during their time there, adding that she is glad her nieces and nephews — all of whom are of different races and ethnic backgrounds — don’t share her experience. Khloé noted that “kids don’t know color” and would never point out the difference in someone’s skin color.
“I would never think to say, ‘Oh, by the way, my husband’s black, so when he comes in don’t let your jaw drop,’” Khloé said. “When I moved to Dallas was the first time that was thrown in my face.”
Khloé and Lamar tied the knot in 2009 and split in December 2013, although they remain legally married to this day. Their separation was attributed largely to Lamar’s struggle with substance abuse, though it did later come to light that he had been unfaithful to Khloé several times during their marriage.
Although Khloé and Lamar are no longer romantically involved, the pair maintain a close friendship. Their bond was made even stronger after Odom was hospitalized in October 2015 after a drug overdose. Khloé stuck by Lamar’s side throughout that whole ordeal and has continued to do so during his recovery process.
"Kocktails With Khloé" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on FYI. Check out a clip from the episode below: