Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Odom (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
The latest drama surrounding the Kardashians appears much more serious than their typical amped-up, made-for-TV antics.
Several reports this weekend suggested that NBA hoopster Lamar Odom was fighting a drug-addiction problem that has left his wife, Khloé Kardashian Odom, worried for his life.
Multiple sources confirm to omg! that Lamar has been struggling with addiction for some time now. "Lamar likes to party. He always has," one source says.
Another insider told "omg! Insider's" Kevin Frazier that Odom has smoked crack cocaine in the past with a former NBA player.The first hint of trouble came Friday, when Khloé was spotted leaving the gym sans wedding ring. That was quickly followed by a troubling TMZ report alleging the couple's relationship was on the rocks due to Lamar's "hardcore drug problem," which the site's sources say has been ongoing for two years. TMZ also reported that Lamar entered rehab in San Diego for three weeks in 2012 and stayed sober through the end of the last NBA season, but then relapsed this summer when he wasn't still playing basketball.
On Sunday, TMZ reported that the Kardashian family tried to stage an intervention last Wednesday, but now Lamar has gone missing for the past 72 hours and the family is concerned that he's on a drug binge somewhere.
Hours later, Khloé tweeted angrily about the situation.
"Really hard to sit here and listen to people talk shit about my family! F--k you and shame on you! I'm too protective for this shit!" she wrote.
On Monday morning, TMZ reported that Khloe and Lamar are officially separated, although no steps have been taken yet towards divorce. However, the Kardashian family 100 percent wants to help him get the help he needs. "Everyone wants the best for Khloe and Lamar," one of omg!'s sources says. "The family loves Lamar."
Omg! has reached out to reps for Lamar and Khloé but hasn't yet heard back from either party. The 33-year-old Odom is currently a free agent, so his last team, the Los Angeles Clippers, wouldn't be able to speak on his behalf.
However, a source close to the family insisted to omg! that Lamar was not missing. A separate source insists that Lamar is planning to play still in the NBA this coming season.
According to photo agency Splash News, Lamar was last seen on Wednesday at a supermarket parking lot in Calabasas, moving some golf clubs into his white Mercedes from another car before driving off. The couple has been seen together in public since June 2.
Lamar last Wednesday in Calabasas (Clint Brewer/Splash News)
Another report Sunday on People magazine's website indicated that Khloé, 29, has kept Lamar's drug problem a secret for two years, and is doing everything she can to try to save him. "It's absolutely heartbreaking for her," one source was quoted as saying. "This is such a heavy load."
A different source told People that the problem is indeed causing a huge separation between the two of them. "Lamar genuinely doesn't think he has a problem – it's all 'work hard then party hard' with him until it goes off the rails. They really do love each other. But she really feels that this problem is out of control, and she's hurt that he won't get help."
Although this weekend's reports were the first to allege "hardcore" drug use by Odom, his marijuana use has been documented. He was suspended during the 2001 season for twice violating the NBA drug policy and copped to smoking weed. Additionally, his estranged father has long battled addiction.
This news also follows persistent tabloid rumors, consistently denied by the family, that Lamar has been cheating on Khloé.
Khloé and Lamar have been married since 2009, and he appears regularly on E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
This article was originally published at 4:14 p.m. PT on Sunday, August 25.
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