Khloe Kardashian: 'I don't believe in divorce'
Khloe Kardashian has opened up about the close relationship she still has with her estranged husband Lamar Odom, insisting she will continue to honour her marriage vows by looking after him.
Khloe Kardashian doesn't believe in divorce at her "core".
The 31-year-old reality star split from husband Lamar Odom in December 2013, with divorce papers then signed by both parties in July 2015. However, a judge hadn't signed off on their documents, and when Lamar was hospitalised last October (15) after being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel, Khloe was by his side as he recovered.
The pair has remained close, with many speculating that they could get back together. But in an essay on her connection with spirituality for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, Khloe insisted her relationship with Lamar has fundamentally changed.
"I've been blessed with a lot in my life, and I've also had challenges. It was a challenge for me when I decided to get divorced," she wrote. "At my core, I don't believe in divorce, but I came to a point in my marriage where I had to make the choice to take care of my own mental and emotional well-being in order to protect myself and my happiness."
Khloe continued to tell fans she has now found "peace" with her decision to call time on her marriage and feels that even though she and Lamar are no longer romantic, she is honouring her marriage vows by caring for the former pro basketball player "in sickness and in health".
"I feel that I kept the serious vows I made in front of God with every inch of my heart, which is why I am still honouring them today even though my relationship with my ex-husband is in a different place," she shared. "I believe in caring for my partner - past or present - 'in sickness and in health,' and feel at peace with my relationship with God even after the fact. I'm thankful that I can rely on my God, who, along with my family, has led me through some of the most difficult times of my life."
As well as her split from Lamar, another incredibly difficult time in Khloe's life was her father Robert's death from cancer in 2003. However, as she struggled to come to terms with her dad's passing, she looked deeper into her spiritual side and this has ultimately helped her move on.
"I'm very conversational with God and spirits," she continued. "I talk to myself and to them but sometimes unconventionally. I'll be lying in bed and just say out loud, 'Lord, thank you so much for keeping my brother and sisters healthy!' Every night I say my prayers, often with my nieces and nephews.
"I talk a lot to my dad if I'm feeling something where I wish he were here to guide me. I just don't believe praying has to be so structured. Sometimes I'll just ramble. And I pray more when I'm thankful than in times of need. It's a time of self-reflection. I like to give praise and gratitude. I know how fortunate I am."
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