Khloe Kardashian struggles with husband Lamar Odom’s offer to play ball in Turkey
Lamar Odom was so bored during the NBA lockout that he had resorted to playing Hangman and baking, so when he received an offer to play basketball in Turkey, wife Khloe Kardashian couldn’t have been happier for him.
But after some serious criticism from her family members, the 27-year-old reality star quickly changed her tune.
As a supportive wife, she wanted to make her husband happy.
Though she says she’d miss her family immensely if she and Lamar were to move overseas, she notes: ‘Finding out that Turkey is the country is so much worse to me because of my family history.
‘The Armenian Genocide is such a controversial and very sensitive issue because the Turkish and Armenian people disagree about the facts of what actually happened.’
She hastens to add that she’s taken a progressive stance on the struggles between both countries.
‘I know how strongly Armenians feel about the Genocide, and how it’s never been recognised. At the same time, I do not hold today’s generation of people accountable.’
While chatting about the possibility with younger brother Rob, he expresses his doubts.
‘Imagine what it’s going to be like,’ the 24-year-old urges.
Offscreen, he elaborates on his opinion, saying: ‘It would just be a very uncomfortable situation for our family.’
A conflicted Khloe says, also offscreen: ‘I feel like my dad would tell me to support my husband.’
Because her father died of cancer years before, she only has the next best option, her father’s brother, Tom.
She and Rob call their uncle, who ultimately has this piece of advice: I would probably stay away from it.’
Stepfather Bruce Jenner, the closest thing she has to a dad, also agrees that is isn’t the best decision.
While chatting with older sister Kim during a ladies trip to Las Vegas, her sister adds more fuel to Khloe’s worried fire.
The 31-year-old says: ‘Just be careful. I don’t think you understand.’
Kim, of course, turns everything back to herself. She notes: ‘When I did the cover of Cosmo International, Turkey picked it up and I got a lot of backlash for it .
‘Obviously, you’d be there to support your husband. You need to make a choice here.’
Finally, a hesitant Khloe broaches the subject with her husband while taking a windy, cold winter walk.
She tells him: ‘I’ve been having a lot of thoughts about Turkey. I mean, because I’m Armenian.’
Lamar is confused. ‘What does that mean?’
Apparently, he hasn’t heard of the Genocide, so Khloe educates him.
She reiterates: ‘You know about the Genocide. I didn’t want to bother you with this and stress you out more. I know how much you’ve missed playing.’
She’s right: he’s even sniffed his jersey and spoken to it in self-pity and spoken about how basketball – and his teammates – are his sanctuaries.
It looks like Lamar might love Khloe more than he loves basketball though, because the two have a truly tender and heartfelt moment.
He tells her: ‘You know, these decisions, we’ll make them together, as a team. One-two punch. Just be honest with me, all the time.’
A radiant and relieved Khloe whines: ‘That’s what I was trying to do, but it’s hard!’
She’s clearly pleased that her husband isn’t expecting her to move to Turkey, and that he values their relationship enough to make decisions as ‘a team’.
He adds: ‘Maybe you can be a spokeswoman for peace. If it’s right, it’s right. If it’s nay, it’s nay.’
Offscreen, the youngest Kardashian gushes: ‘He is so supportive. That’s why I love him.’
In other, non-moving news, Khloe is still desperate to have a baby and jokes around that Kim should be their surrogate.
‘Will you be my surrogate?’ Khloe jokes with her big sister, adding, ‘Lamar wants to get artificially inseminated.’
Kim’s response: ‘If you lost your vagina and you wanted a surrogate, then I’ll do it when I’m 35. I think I have a couple more years when I just want my body to myself.
‘You’re going to have to wait for more years [if you want me].’
The couple also learns that the lockout is finally over.