Rob Kardahsian's Weight Gain Blamed on Lamar Odom but That Can't Be the Whole Truth
Yesterday, I reported on a new Keeping Up With the Kardashians clip that involved Khloé Kardashian saying she felt guilty about everything that had gone down with her now ex-husband Lamar Odom because she felt it had affected Rob and been the catalyst leading to his struggles with depression, weight, and possibly even drugs. "Rob has said, ‘Being in that house it was so dark and it made me do dark things,’" Khloé told her stepbrother Brody Jenner in the clip. That, of course, is a terribly heartbreaking Kardashian krisis in and of itself — but now, it looks like the issues maybe run even deeper than previously thought. According to TMZ, Rob Kardashian was heartbroken when Lamar Odom left their family's life and divorced his sister Khloé, because Rob looked at Odom as a "fatherly figure" to replace the hole left by his father, Robert Kardashian's death in 2003.
Sources connected with the Kardashian family tell TMZ ... Rob was devastated when his dad -- famed O.J. lawyer Robert Kardashian -- died back in 2003. We're told he took it much harder than his siblings and never really got over it.When Khloe married Lamar ... the bballer became a father figure to Rob. Sources close to Khloe tell us Rob thrived around Lamar, inspiring him to start a business and get in awesome shape. They became best friends, but Rob idolized him.
That's awful — especially because it looks like Rob's issues are way more deep-seated than anyone could have thought. The gossip site continued:
Our sources say when Lamar cut off the entire family and went radio silent ... Rob went into a tailspin because he felt abandoned by the only person who measured up to his dad. And that's when Rob got deep into lean and other drugs, which resulted in a dramatic weight gain.
Apparently, Odom was careful to keep his drug usage out of his home with Khloé, so Rob was never exposed to any of that — what Khloé's talking about in the Keeping Up With the Kardashians clip in reference to "darkness" in the house is actually Odom's behavior when her marriage with him was on the verge of ending. Rob reportedly felt like he was being abandoned by his father figure yet again, and spiraled.
I don't even know what to say. Honestly, if Rob is this deeply struggling with issues surrounding the death of his father that he never got over, he needs help, real help — and the entire family, not just Khloé, needs to step up and give it to him. Not fighting when he chooses to leave his sister Kim's ridiculously elaborate wedding and breaking down about how you don't know how to help him. I think if they were really putting their all into helping Rob, the show wouldn't still be filming new episodes. Since it is, scenes like Kris crying just seem more like a bid for attention than actual, raw emotion.
If this report is true, I hope Rob does get the help he needs soon.