Khloe Kardashian: “I’m a modern girl, but you should put your husband first”

We’ve been discussing Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s marriage all week. Sort of. On Monday, many sites were speculating that Khloe and Lamar were pulling the plug on their E! spinoff show, which is all about their marriage and stuff. From what I’ve heard, the current season of “Khloe & Lamar” focuses on Lamar’s move to Dallas and how difficult that brief turn with the Mavericks was him, and consequently, for Khloe too. When the Mavericks dumped Lamar, everyone started speculating that his career was pretty much over, and many blamed “the kurse of the Kardashians.” Anyway, Khloe and Lamar were both present and accounted for at the E! Upfronts two days ago, and they told media outlets that they weren’t really cancelling their spinoff show, they’re just putting it on hold for a little while. Something about Lamar wanting to get on the Olympic team, I guess. Now Khloe is on the cover of People Magazine (is this her first solo People cover?), talking about her marriage. Ruh-roh.

Khloe Kardashian has gotten used to sharing her life on television, but now the reality star and her husband Lamar Odom are stepping back from the spotlight.

“We just wanted to prioritize a little,” Kardashian, 27, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview as the couple tables their show Khloé & Lamar until his basketball career is back on track. “We just wanted a little pause. Part of being married is knowing when your husband needs your support.”

While Kardashian says she always made sure cameras weren’t around during days when Lamar, 32, had a basketball game (he’s currently sitting out the season after a difficult trade to Dallas), now that they’ll only be appearing on E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and their own daily lives will no longer be on display, “there’s less pressure on us.”

That pressure had certainly been building.

But Kardashian says, the risk of damaging her relationship with Lamar wasn’t worth it.

“I’m a modern girl, but you should put your husband first,” she says. “I like to think divorce is not an option.”

For more on Khloé’s decision, and their plans to start a family, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

[From People]

You know, I do root for Khloe and Lamar. I didn’t at first, and I was one of those people predicting an early demise for their whirlwind romance and marriage. But it’s turned out okay for them, and I think they work well together and they really love each other. I think “divorce is not an option” for Khloe – she’s not going to throw her marriage away just because Lamar is in a slump or something. But is divorce an option for Lamar? Will he jettison Khloe and her family if it means that he gets a second chance with the NBA?

Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of People Magazine.

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  1. TXCinderella says:

    I like Khloe alot, she seems the most level-headed out of that clan. Now if she could only figure out how to stop talking like a baby.

    • Katy says:

      OMG!! That baby voice drives me crazy!! She was on the radio in Dallas while they lived here just during the noon hour and I COULD NOT listen to her. I had to change the station even though it was the station I always listen to. LOL…that is just so annoying!!

      • Marley says:

        It seems to be an LA thing…Paris Hilton, Kim, Kourtney….they don’t act their age and therefore always see themselves as young girls and therefore they act that way. I remember when Paris Hilton got arrested and she was crying for mommy and I was like geez, you are 25…grow up and accept the consequences. Their nasal baby voice irks me to no end.

      • autumndaze says:

        Not so much an L.A. thing as a vapid, “men will want me more if I am dumb” famewhorey thing…

    • Amanda G says:

      THIS! If you are a “modern girl” Kloe, then talk like an adult to your husband lol

      But yes, I do like her the best, although, if she dropped off the radar tomorrow I wouldn’t care.

    • leelee says:

      I love Khloe, but she does have the worst case of baby voice. I think she does it because she’s a tall, bigboned gal, and she subconsciously reverts to baby voice as a way to make herself seem small and girlish to others. I have to say I don’t get why everyone dumps on the Kardashians. Yes, Kim is vacuous and Kris is the momager from Hades, but all they did was put themselves out there, they didn’t force anyone to watch, read, or care about them. People tuned in so they continue to stay around. Where’s the crime in that?

  2. ahoyhoy says:

    There’s nothing wrong with putting your man first, as long as he puts you first when it’s your turn.

    I always assumed the ‘vacuous bitch gene’ had to come from Kris Jenner–but Khloe being the most normal person in the family has me wondering if that gene is from Robert Sr. himself. It would explain a lot.

  3. renee says:

    I find Khloe’s remark interesting…normally I might find it unprogressive but then I realized that she doesn’t have anything to do really. Also, Kim didn’t put her (last) husband first, I wonder if Khloe is using Kim’s situation as a cautionary tale?

  4. Devon says:

    Good for Khloe for being mature enough to know when enough is enough and when it’s time to focus on other things. Having a successful marriage takes time and work and will suffer if it’s not a priority. I too thought they wouldn’t make it but now I’m definitely rooting for them!

    • Iggles says:

      I agree, and she’s right. Husband before career (famewhoring in her case) and wife comes first as well -then this is how spouses should prioritize! It’s good that she gets that.

    • autumndaze says:

      Does anyone else think that there will be a huge roll-out of Khloe now that the other Kardashians are clearly unwanted/jokes on the celebrity blogs?
      I think toxic mother Kris recognizes the positive impact Khloe has on the public and will be pushing her for more of her own magazine covers and general visibility in the near future.

  5. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I’m rooting for these two as well. Even though professional atheletes make an offensive amount of money, I do feel like the pressure on them is expotential compared to a lot of other jobs in the entertainment industry. I think it’s good she’s supporting Lamar during this rough patch.

  6. Franny says:

    I think what she is saying about “Putting your husband first” is about putting it above being famous and having a tv show, not putting her husband above herself. Being in a healthy relationship means doing what it takes to keep it healthy. If putting off their show for a while so they can focus on his career, so be it. I see nothing wrong with that.

    • Cherry says:

      That’s how I read it, too. Although the ‘I’m a modern girl, but…’ part is puzzling. Keeping your marriage a first priority has nothing to do with being old-fashioned, IMO. We women have options now: if you don’t want to get married, don’t. But it makes no sense to get married and then just end it when the road gets rocky.

  7. Kamille says:

    Does she really have to “fight for her marriage” on the cover of the magazine? I’m sure it helps. These people are just disgusting. Ediana Monsoon was right – “They’re spreading like herpes”. Or they are even worst.

  8. Bird says:

    I root for them, too. They actually seem like the real deal, so I hope it works out for them.

  9. Rux says:

    I really am rooting for these two. I do not think Lamar would consider divorce an option. He stayed with her through their show and supported her and now he needs her support. I do not find anything unprogressive about that. As husband and wife, you are partners in life. Sometimes one needs to be carried and then tables turn and the other needs to be carried; that’s what having a marriage means; I guess Kim did not get that memo.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Stepping away from all that nonsense is good for BOTH of them – it’s putting their marriage first, not just him first.

    If she were smart, she’d take her millions and go do her own thing away from her mother and sisters – start a business, start a charity, something.

  11. Just U says:

    If a marriage is ever gonna work you need to be partners and equals. That means sometimes you prop up your husband, sometimes your husband props you up. Its actually really nice to hear someone saying her marriage is important enough to work on.
    As my Grandma always says, your husband is your best friend and you are his. Treat them as such.
    She and my Grandad were together for over 60 years so I guess she knows what she’s talking about.

  12. jess says:

    I dont believe anything these people say. After the backlash that Kim got for ending her marriage so soon, Im sure that the Kardashian Klan cant handle any more bad press so they are making it look like they are not famewhores and that at least one of them values their marriage. This is just another publicity stunt by pimp momma kris. I bet Kris and E are coming up with a new kardashian show to replace Khloe and Lamar. I can see it now Kendal and Kylie take on High School.

  13. Jenna says:

    Good for Khloe working on her marriage. Nothing wrong with putting a spouse first every once in a while.

    And may I say that I LOVE those pictures of her there! I don’t know why, but I just do. I think it’s the outfit and her style of hair.

  14. Cher says:

    It does sound fishy to me but it would seem that Khloe is the most likable person in this horrid family. Way to go girl! I like this couple and I feel bad for Lamar getting traded etc so its so nice and proper for Khloe to declare as such. Be strong you two!

  15. Alexis says:

    She’s always been the koolest Kardashian. I don’t really care for the family, but she appears to be the most grounded of them all. I do wish the best for Khloe and Lamar.

  16. QQ says:

    I like them together, They are gonna need all the Luck in the world to persevere with that shitastic money hungry famewhory envious family of hers

  17. fabgrrl says:

    *rolling eyes so hard it hurts*

    What the h*ll does being a “modern girl” have to do with the state of your marriage? Of course you need to work on your marriage! Both spouses do! The only thing being “modern” does is, perhaps, put both spouses on a more equal financial and social footing. This makes them equal parters in their marriage, instead of relegating one spouse (the wife) to a weaker position.

    And it’s not as if this chick has to choose between marriage and a prestigious out-of-state medical school, or a coveted job on Wall Street, or a once-in-a-lifetime research expedition, or is facing deployment. No, she is sans career or obligation, and they have plenty of money. I’m not saying there are no barriers for this couple to overcome, of course there are, but they aren’t the product of “modernity”.

  18. skipper says:

    I totally agree with Khloe. I also think you have to treat your husband like a man if you expect him to act like one. I’m a modern woman but I believe in traditional marriage beliefs. My hubby and I have been through many problems in our marriage but we believe in for better or worse. Divorce is not an option for us either. Good for you, Khloe!

  19. Marla says:

    Love em’ both…will miss seeing them on the tube ! Best of luck to them.

  20. JJ says:

    She’s setting herself up to be a hero or victim so that when she and Lamar do separate she can say that “she tried her hardest” “doesn’t believe in divorce” etc. While Lamar will look like the bad guy. (He does have his indiscretions so he’s definitely not too innocent in this) This is how the Kardashian pr machine works.

    • Carolyn says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. People must truly be unaware that these people’s personnas for tv & articles are totally PR managed. Khloe is being positioned as the Kartrashian for those who despise the rest of them.

  21. Mary jones says:

    Umm they arent stepping away from reality TV. Its reported they are ending Khloe and Lamar but doing another show, similar to the one Khloe did with Kourtney in NY. So blah blah shes just as gross as the rest.

  22. MJ says:

    Not a fan of this family, but I have to say, Khloe looks really beautiful in these photos. Her dress fits her properly and her makeup isn’t as garish as usual. It’s much more flattering.

  23. Isa says:

    I am probably the only one, but I do not like ombre hair. All I can see is several inches of hair that needs to be dyed! How long have they been married? It seems like a lot of the couples that get married so fast only stay married for a few years.

  24. Lindy says:

    Hoping that she is really talking about putting her marriage first (and not some bassackwards notion that the man of the house always should take precedence in terms of career, preferences, etc.). Because I can get behind the idea that your marriage is priority #1. Over the course of a long and mostly happy marriage, I have made some big compromises, and my husband has, too. It evens out over time, and it’s worth it to make sure that we stay happy and sane and healthy and in love.

    I mostly ignore Kardashian posts of all kinds, and never watch the show(s). But I do hope she and Lamar can make it work, if only to be the sole members of the K-family who manage to rise above the BS and fakery of the rest of ‘em.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      You’re lucky. Hubs and I both entered our engagement and marriage agreeing that divorce wasn’t an option. After 11 years and one child together and countless ups and downs, he’s decided it is an option, for him anyway.

      • Lady D says:

        Bellaluna, I’m so sorry to hear that. Be brave (again). You are an obviously strong woman, wish I could help you.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Thank you, Lady D. I don’t feel very strong right now. I feel broken and alone. I haven’t said anything to my family yet.

      • Relli says:

        Hugs BL. Seems to be a theme lately or at least amongst the ladies I know. I am so sorry. Stay strong.

      • Lindy says:

        Oh man, I’m so sorry to hear that:( I truly hope that however things play out, you end up stronger and happier and in a better place. But that’s pretty awful. I am exactly at the same place–11 years (this summer), 1 child, countless ups and downs. A particularly rough year (unemployment, moving, a house we can’t sell but need to…) means that things have been kind of rocky. Luckily, we’re both sort of in it for the long haul I think. But nothing’s ever certain. I wish you the very best. Hang in there.

      • Bess says:

        I know some other women going through the same type of thing right now too.

        You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Liberty says:

        I am so sorry to hear this. I promise you that while you may feel numb and crushed now, understandably, one day you will be okay and maybe even better. I have been through it once, friends have….we all ended up in such good places that in a strange way, looking back, it seemed like Life was just shoving us along to the places/nusbands/experiences that were really meant for us. I felt hit by seven trucks; ten years later I can look around and be grateful. And that all said, perhaps your stuation may turn around as that can happen too. Hugs to you.

      • Liberty says:

        And as friends said to me, You’re not alone because we are all here and we care. Sending my strength fairy your way.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Thank you ladies. Sincerely. Lindy, I’ve read about what’s going on with you on the Octo-loon thread. It sucks. I thought we were in it for the long haul too, but last night he said to me “I just want to be through with you.” If you knew our history, you would know how hurtful that was to hear.

        We moved 700 miles away from my friends, family, and everything/one I’ve ever known to be closer to his terminally-ill mother and for a much lower cost of living.

        Now that we’re here, his family thinks we’re here for their convenience; they’ve taken priority over our immediate family; they always want money, and act like they are entitled to both hubs’ money and time.

        My family’s not like that. We love and support one another emotionally, but no one comes up to us and says “Well, I helped you work on your car, so you owe me $200. I need to use your lawn mower, but you need to bring it over here because I don’t have any gas.” (We have a CAR, she has a TRUCK, and we gave her $200 less than a week ago.)

        I no longer have my union job (lost it right before we moved) so I have no medical benefits, and I need them.

        I’m isolated from everyone and I haven’t told my family what’s going on because I’m embarrassed and humiliated. This was supposed to be the one that “stuck.” And instead, I’m the one who’s stuck.

  25. G says:

    I think this is more about Khloe setting some adult boundries for her mother and K money machine. It’s a sign of maturity, I think on both their parts.

    The Kardashians, IMHO have risen to popularity on a formula of mom, boys, sisters and babies drama. Khloe demonstrating some independance fits with that formula. Getting mired in Kim and Kris’s comsuptamania is deadly.

    I think Kris is underestimating the backlash about to come her and Kim’s way. Khloe will seem prescient to pullback before the whole thing jumps the shark.

    And good on Lamar to be the only guy in the mix who refuses to getting his nuts cut off.

    • Dawn says:

      Lamar what? He entered into this for the publicity too! This whole family is about flim-flam. Now you see it, now you don’t. All of them are cons and if they weren’t they wouldn’t last long in this family. It’s simply about the money. These two are every bit as selfish and vapid as the rest of them. The NBA got rid of him because he forgot what his real job is. And those fake voices have to go, little girl nasal voices are so passé’.

  26. Runs with Scissors says:

    She’s 27 years old. Why is she referring to herself as a “girl?”

    Is that part of the baby voice thing?

  27. Jayna says:

    Lamar never did this show just for Khloe. He shopped several reality shows that were turned down before he ever married her.

  28. pj says:

    If Lamar makes the Olympic Team, I can guarantee you there will be a “Kardashians go to the UK” special or something. Ryan Seacrest will be in London doing hosting gigs for the Olympics anyways…so I really see a summer special or summer spin-off coming. Kardashians Take the U.K. but with Lamar only being seen on the court while the rest of the family invades the England and try to get in to Buckingham Palace lol.

  29. sorella says:

    I sense big trouble in her paradise and Lamar likely gave her no choice, so I wouldn’t get on the “good for Kloe bandwagon”, she was likely told “or else”. Last night on one of the entertainment shows, Lamar looked VERY uncomfortable when she indicated it was just a break to the reporters. Their body language was tense and his face looked like he was so over it. But she has grown up a Kardashian, so only a matter of time she makes her way back to reality TV, just watch, a show called “Kloe Kries” when they eventually split.

  30. Jordan says:

    Her ‘career’ doesn’t actually take any talent and will always be available; but as an athlete Lamar only has so many really good years and if the R-show is taking his focus away from basketball in favor of famehoeing, then they should take a break from the show. That is, if they really want to work on their marriage, we’ll see.

  31. G says:

    People can change their minds and make different choices. I’m going to keep the door open to the possibility for these two…and the rest of us as well.

  32. Mario says:

    You’re not modern Khloe, you’re a spoiled stupid fat whore.

  33. kristiner says:

    I think a baby is her ace in the hole.

    She’s holding off on a baby until the marriage is really in shambles and then she’ll go to a clinic and get IVF and be pregnant. I’m sure she has Lamar’s sample somewhere locked up in the freezer for that purpose.