By ALICIA RANCILIO
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a lot of noise surrounding Khloe Kardashian Odom. She’s frequently with members of her family, and they’re not a quiet bunch.
The family stars on the popular E! reality show “Keeping up With the Kardashians,” now in its eighth season. (Her sister Kim recently revealed on the show that she and rapper Kanye West are expecting a daughter sometime this summer.)
Khloe, Kim, sister Kourtney and their mom, Kris Jenner, are subject to 24/7 tabloid, Internet and paparazzi attention. But Kardashian Odom makes a point of tuning out the media attention because she believes “it’s really toxic.”
“I don’t get Google alerts,” she said. “I don’t need to be alerted to what I’m doing. That’s just my personality.”
She added: “Once you start living in (that fame world), you can start believing it, and it’s just so bad for you. That’s not the real world. All of this one day will go away no matter who you are, and I need to be OK with who I am as myself and this doesn’t make or break me. This is wonderful and I love this ride but I’m also so blessed without it as well.”
In a recent interview, Kardashian Odom also talked about fame and whether TV viewers will see the return of the spinoff reality show “Khloe & Lamar” with her husband, Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom.
AP: Do you look forward to the day when all the fame and attention are gone?
Kardashian Odom: You always want what you don’t have, and you have to be really careful what you wish for. I genuinely love what we do. When that day comes, it will give me more time to do other stuff but I’m not begging for that day to come. I’m content either way.
AP: Will there be another season of “Khloe & Lamar”?
Kardashian Odom: Yes. It’s not finished. I’m really protective. I’m like a mama bear. And when my husband and I filmed season one, Lamar won Sixth Man of the Year, was the first (Los Angeles) Laker to do so, he won a gold medal, and he also won a championship ring for the Lakers. But the year he got traded, people wanted to say, ‘Oh, it’s because of the show.’ So, I was really irritated. This is my husband’s career, and I just didn’t like that someone would use this tool in a negative way, so I was like, ‘You know what? For the better of my husband’s career, I’m not going to let anyone use this against him.’ But, yes, it will hopefully come back sooner (rather) than later. Lamar loves doing the show.
AP: It’s interesting that you and your sisters Kourtney and Kim have such a big family but you’re all married to or in a relationship with only children. From what we see on the show, Kourtney’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, sometimes needs his space. Lamar seems to embrace it more. What’s Kanye West like?
Kardashian Odom: How weird that we all are with only children. (Laughs.) We’ve known Kanye for years, so he’s known what our family is like. He definitely does his own thing. Scott works with us. Lamar is away a lot (with basketball), and Kanye has his own career. But, Kanye’s there for holidays and all the stuff that matters.
AP: Speaking of your husband, you’ll be married four years in September. Some people said it wouldn’t last!
Kardashian Odom: I think everyone said it wouldn’t last. (Laughs.) But I totally understand why. We knew each other for like 30 days and then we got married.
AP: You’re like the example of when someone meets another person and says they “just knew” it was right to be together. Do you agree?
Kardashian Odom: Lamar and I say, ‘We don’t know what came over us. We can’t even explain it.’ Because we can’t explain it. I never understood when someone said ‘I just knew.’ And with every fiber of my being you couldn’t have told me ‘No.’ … I just felt it — and same with Lamar. Thank God it worked. It very well could’ve gone the other way.
AP: And you didn’t just say, ‘Let’s drive to Las Vegas and get hitched.’ You had a big wedding!
Kardashian Odom: My mom could really do anything. In nine days she planned a wedding. Looking back, I’m so grateful.
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