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Monday 5 December 2016

Anton Savage: Your husband was found passed out in a brothel, Khloe Kardashian - why publicise this?

Lamar Odom (L), basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, and his wife Khloe Kardashian-Odom
Lamar Odom (L), basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, and his wife Khloe Kardashian-Odom

Just when you thought that the Kardashians couldn't get any classier, Khloe does a big interview with People magazine about the near-death of her estranged husband, Lamar Odom.

As a number of people pointed out, they are the first couple in human history to have been brought closer by the husband's dalliance with drugs and hookers.

This new-found closeness is not something Ms Kardashian feels should be kept private. Nor is her husband's weekend of prostitution and indulgence. Nor her younger brother's reported offer to provide a kidney to replace the ones Odom may have wrecked. Khloe took several days off tweeting and instagramming to attend to Lamar, but she's now right back in the mix with tweets of thanks for all the support going hand-in-hand with her People interview.

Private

Was she born unable to feel embarrassment? Surely, you would not want your husband being found passed out in a brothel to be publicised?

Surely you'd say 'this is private. It's between me and him.' Surely you'd tell your family 'this is not something we will all exploit for financial gain like we do everything else.' Khloe might have even used it to provide what addicts call a moment of clarity.

She needs no more money - you'd have thought discovering the man she says she loves was ambulanced out of a brothel would cause her to pause and take stock.

Unfortunately, from this distance it looks like the only stock she cares about is financial, and like everything else about their lives, this man's ill-health and psychological needs are not a cause for privacy and concern.

They're an opportunity for publicity and profit.

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