Lamar Odom proposed to Taraji P Hensen a week before meeting Khloe

Taraji P. Henson and Lamar Odom
Taraji P. Henson and Lamar Odom on 1/11/09. Credit: PRPhotos

The tabloids are full of stories this week that bring Khloe Kardashian’s show wedding into question. Khloe and Lamar were married after a mere month of dating, and it’s not surprising to learn that Lamar left some women in his hasty wake. First we have the news that Khloe’s new trial husband, Lamar Odom, proposed to Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Hensen just a week before he met Khloe. Taraji and Lamar were dating earlier this year and even showed up at at an event together.

We’ve already heard from Lamar’s longterm girlfriend and the mother of his two surviving children, Liza Morales, who went on the record several times to say that Lamar was trying to reconcile with her in August, and that she was more surprised about his wedding to Khloe than anyone. Liza said Lamar is a “commitment phobe,” and called the news that he was marrying Khloe a “bombshell.”

Star Magazine has quotes from Lamar’s other longterm girlfriend, Lara Manoukin, who says she was dating the LA Lakers star for seven years right up until the time he went public with Khloe. They say that as far as Lara knew, she was still with Lamar when she heard the news that he was with Khloe. Star’s source is an “audio message posted on the Internet” allegedly by Lara, which sounds sketchy. They do explain the origin of their source, though and that’s better than the fake quotes they usually use. Star also has quotes from Lara’s stepfather explaining that his daughter broke up with Lamar after confronting him about his relationship with Khloe.

Lamar proposed to Taraji P. Hensen a week before he met Khloe

On October 2, Fox Sports Radio host Matt “Money” Smith indicated that the basketball player proposed to another star just a week before he met Khloe, but she turned him down. Matt suggested that the other woman is… actress Taraji P. Hensen, who is best known for playing Brad Pitt’s adoptive mother in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Indeed, a close friend confirms to In Touch, “There was talk of marriage, but it’s unsure of whether he actually proposed or not.” But Lamar and Khloe’s reps insist there’s no truth to the story. “Taraji and Lamar only dated briefly earlier this year and broke up right after the Oscars,” says his rep.

[From In Touch, print edition, October 19, 2009]

Lamar had a girlfriend of seven years who was blindsided by his marriage to Khloe

Jaw dropped when Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Odom after knowing him for only 32 days. And no one was more shocked than Lara Manoukian – Lamar’s girlfriend of seven years! Amid rumors he was cheating, the L.A. jewelry designer went to Miami to get away from it all. But when she flipped on the TV, the truth was staring her in the face: a news segment on E! focusing on Khloe and the new man in her life, Lamar!

“My heart is destroyed,” Lara, 29, later told an unidentified friend in an audio message posted on the Internet. “I treated that fool like a king… from cooking to cleaning his place, anything you can think of, I’ve done for that man… This dude has lost his mind!”…

Her stepfather, Harry Diramarian, tells Star exclusively that the L.A. Lakers forward, 29, cheated on his stepdaughter repeatedly. “After Lara saw that Lamar was dating Khloe, she confronted him, which ended in a big blowout between them. That was the last time Lara saw him,” he reveals.

[From Star Magazine, print edition, October 19, 2009]

As we reported Wednesday, Khloe and Lamar’s wedding wasn’t official and their lawyers are only in the preliminary stages of hammering out a prenuptial agreement, which could take weeks. It looks like Lamar has a long history of making promises to women he can’t keep, and I doubt Khloe will be any different. Even if these two make it legal Lamar will probably have a couple of other women he’s stringing along at any given time.

Lamar is shown outside of Mr. Chow with Khloe, who is holding her hand conspicuously up to show her giant rock, on 10/1/09. Credit: RHS/ He is also shown shopping at Kitson on 10/6/09. Credit: Michael Wright/

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  1. CandyKay says:

    What I want to know is, where were all those “Defense of Marriage” people when this joke of a marriage was being performed?

    I mean those same people who don’t want gays to marry because “marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman.”

    Mr. Odom sure has a lot of sacred covenants going around.

  2. Risa says:

    How could he go from Taraji to Khloe?!?!?! I guess Taraji had some good instincts when she turned this guy down!

  3. Praise St. Angie! says:

    and let’s not forget, CandyKay, that a lot of those who are in “defense of marriage” have been married and divorced a couple times (sometimes more than that) and cheat on their spouses left and right.

    disgusting hypocrisy.

  4. Lem says:

    not sure. gossip is gossip. but is he even old enough to fit all these women in this timeline?
    Mother of children. several years
    Laura. 7 years

    he’s not yet 30.

    plus, who goes from longterm (i almost said commited) relationship to longterm relationship to asking a couple a strangers to marry him?
    This story is weird, and sadly, probably planted by a kardashion. Got to keep the presses rollin

  5. gg says:

    HA! right on at CandyKay: ‘Mr. Odom sure has a lot of sacred covenants going around.’

    He’s really shameful.

  6. Rae says:

    CB – I am misreading something? Shouldn’t the headline say proposes one week before MEETING Khloe, not marrying her. I heard this on the radio a few days ago, and the dj said he’d only been dating Taraji for about a month before proposing. What is up with this guy?

  7. Guest says:

    will end badly and quickly imho.

  8. Eileen Yover says:

    Is this dude going through a midlife crisis or WHAT?
    And I agree with Risa, he did a major downgrade with whichever K-sister he’s with now. They all look like to me. I know she’s not the preggo one or the one who likes to be urinated on.

  9. Celebitchy says:

    @Rae you’re right! I will fix that, I’m sorry about messing up that detail.

  10. mel says:

    Is this what the institution of marriage has come to? If so, this is so sad.

  11. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “I know she’s not the preggo one or the one who likes to be urinated on.”


  12. princess pea says:

    Wow. That’s um, a step down.

    I mean, this doesn’t even have to be about bashing someone’s looks (although it could be).
    Taraji = Oscar-nominated actress
    Khloe = reality show ‘star’

  13. Prissa says:

    It’s amazing how tiny Taraji looks to teeny next to him and Khloe doesn’t. She really is a big woman. Wow!

  14. birdie says:

    Let’s make bets on the length of this faux-marriage – I say they’ll be split up in less than 6 months after she finds out he has cheated on her. They might keep it together a little longer for the sake of their potential reality show.

  15. LolaBella says:

    If this story is true, then good on you Taraji for dodging this bullet!

    I can understand that Khloe is doing this for the publicity and to continue to compete with her sisters, but why is Lamar doing it? Is he that desperate for some publicity as well that he would just lose all self-respect and agree to a sham of a marriage? He better have an ironclad post-nup for when this whole thing blows up in their faces!

  16. lucy says:

    I like Taraji, good for her for stepping away from that mess of a man. He seems like an idiot, and whatsherface is an idiot for getting invovled with him too, though I still think it’s all an attention/publicity thing.

    CandyKay, I totally agree. If the institution of marriage can be harmed (which I don’t really believe it can be, as it’s a private thing for each couple) this kind of nonsense, or stuff like Britney’s 55 hour marriage, etc, does far more harm than same sex marriage ever could. So where are the protestors?

  17. Eileen Yover says:

    Birbie-I’ll take that bet. I wager they don’t even make to a real wedding ceremony.

  18. Ana says:

    What do you mean surviving children? He has had children that passed away? How sad!

  19. Praise St. Angie! says:

    to Ana…

    yes, apparently he and the mother of his other kids had a child who died of SIDS.

    and yes, very sad.

  20. Kimberly says:

    this guy reminds me of gonzo .

  21. velvet elvis says:

    Is there anyone who really believes that marriage is for real!? hahaha

  22. Rae says:

    I don’t really know all that much about the Kardashians except that they seem to be famous for nothing. However, I’m getting really offended lately by all the comments about Khloe’s size. I’ve read comments calling her a troll, etc. Why? I’m 5’10”. Sometimes, I love my height. I’ll wear skyscraper heels that put me at over 6′, and I own it. Other times (like when I’m surrounded by my petite mother and my even more petite sister in law who exudes femininity), I feel like this freakish Amazon.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that she probably feels bad enough when she stands next to her petite sisters. Try to imagine how she feels when she reads the things about herself online. It’s not like she had anything to do with her size people!

    The people calling her nasty names are probably the same people who used to make me feel so bad in school just because I was taller than everyone else. I guess you can grow older, but you don’t always grow up.

  23. Niamh says:

    THESE are the last two people on earth i would want to see having sex

  24. Judy says:

    Rae, I agree with you about the malicious comments regarding Khloe’s size. I have a niece who is almost 6′ tall and looks like a super model. Khloe is a beautiful girl and has a gorgeous figure. The only thing I don’t like about Khloe is her potty mouth and her disrespect for authority.

  25. Shay says:

    He just seems odd to me and always has. Maybe he’s odd because he lost both his parents before he was 12 and then a child in his 20’s. I don’t know. Just seems strange that he’s trying to hook up with women so quickly now. I think if he wasn’t in the NBA people would assume that he was trying to marry quickly to hide something.

  26. Annie says:

    It’s not the height, it’s just her overall grossness.

    I have a friend who’s 5’10 and gorgeous!

    Khloe’s just sasquatch-esque.

    And oh Lamar, you may be a decent player (key plays that helped the lakers take the championship) but this is all too skeezy.

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