Lamar Odom’s time on Dancing With The Stars has come to an end. The former NBA player was eliminated from the competition on October 7, but he took his dismissal in stride. His participation on the show, though short, caused him to reflect on his 2015 overdose in Nevada.
After the 39-year-old and his dance partner Peta Murgatroyd were booted, he said, “I'm lucky to be walking and talking, so this is just another hill I've had to climb.”
“I feel alright. I feel good,” he told ET after the show. “The sun will shine tomorrow. I’ll wake up, work out, move forward. It means a lot, especially when I see Peta crying, my sister here. I would have liked to move on, but since it didn’t happen.”
“Now I can just move on to other things in my life,” Lamar added, “Public speaking, telling people my story and I figure I can change lives doing that.”
In 2015, the New York native fell into a coma after overdosing at a brothel in Nevada. He had to relearn how to walk and talk, and his appearance on DWTS was proof of how far he’s come. “My cognitive memory … just memorizing the dance routine was difficult at times, but I felt like I got better every week,” he shared with ET. “It’s so crazy because I felt like this was my best dance tonight.”
In addition to his time in the dance studio, Lamar was also to see significant progress thanks to new girlfriend Sabrina Parr. Weeks after he and the personal trainer went public with their relationship, Lamar opened up about the huge lifestyle changes she helped his make — including giving up both porn and candy.
“He was a sex addict,” Sabrina explained at the time. “You can't watch porn if you're a sex addict and want a healthy life or be with me.” She also said that the porn ban helped improve their “intimacy.”
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