Did Baby’s Death Lead to Lamar Odom’s Drug Abuse and Infidelity?

Posted by Jeanne on June 8, 2017

We’ve all seen the unfortunate decline of Lamar Odom. He’s abused drugs, he’s cheated on Khloe Kardashian, and he’s been self-destructive. Now, we are hearing that there might be a very sad reason for his behavior.

Lamar Odom

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According to Odom’s ex, Lisa Morales, things took a turn for the worse after they tragically lost their son in 2006. Morales has known Odom for most of his life. The pair met in high school and quickly began a relationship. As he broke into the NBA, she took care of their children. Sadly, their 6-month-old son, Jayden, died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and, in coping with their grief, Morales said: “I leaned on my spirituality. I leaned heavily on my family, my friends, and he didn’t.”

Two years later, things were definitely deteriorating. “There was a lot of denial,” Morales explained. “When it comes to an addict, you cannot force them to get help, you cannot want it more than them. “Back then we wanted it more than him.”

Sadly, they broke up but have remained in close contact as they co-parented their surviving children, Destiny, 17, and Lamar Jr., 14. Fortunately, his daughter believes that things might be improving. “Two years ago he was completely in denial about using drugs,” she said. “Now he’s a lot more open, and he’s a lot more apologetic. I feel like we’re trying to get our communication going, but it’s definitely one step at a time.” 

It must have been difficult for him to lose his son but, hopefully, he can get his life back on track.

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