Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom breaks down in tears over mom’s ‘treacherous’ death in sad Celebrity Big Brother scene

LAMAR Odom has spent much of Celebrity Big Brother pining over his ex Khloe Kardashian, but this week he opened up about his mom and her "treacherous" death.

The moving moment with Todrick Hall had fans supporting the NBA player's "sweet soul."

While linked as quite literal "peas in a pod" on Celebrity Big Brother, Lamar and housemate Todrick found themselves becoming just that as the Keeping Up With The Kardashians alum opened up about his late mother.

Sitting together, Todrick brought up the topic, and Lamar was ready and willing to speak on his tough childhood.

"Is it hard for you to believe that your mom's not here?" he asked, adding, "How long has she been gone?"

Lamar candidly responded: "She died in 1992, I was 12 years old.

She got sick in January died in July."

He added on her condition, "I didn't know she was not going to make it until the last day. Cancer is treacherous."

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The star then sweetly spoke on his tough loss in confessional:

"If I had a billion dollars I would put it in cancer research," he said.

He then spoke on another loss when the camera cut back: "When I got my son's death certificate it just said 'unremarkable'."

Adding in confessional, he said: "I think hard times and tragedy is something we all have to get through."

Hard times just make you appreciate the hardest little things, like telling someone that you love them"

Todrick praised the star as "inspiring" for being so open and they were unlinked from their costume.


"Lamar Odom is a treasure on this season and I hope he knows how much the fans love him," one Twitter user wrote after the heart-bearing words.

"Dammit! Yall gonna make me cry about Lamar every week," wrote another.

"Actually starting to love Lamar.  He is really a sweet man that's been through a lot," wrote a third, adding on the peas-in-a-pod costume: "Lamar was way too excited to take that costume off lol."

"He seems like such a sweet soul," wrote a fourth.


Lamar's late mother Cathy Mercer raised him as a single parent because his father was a heroin addict, per Hollywood Life.

She worked on Riker's Island and raised Lamar in Queens, New York.

When she passed he was taken in by her mother, per the outlet, who continued raising him.

In 2006, Lamar tragically lost someone else – one of his sons shortly after welcoming him into the world.

Lamar had two sons with former girlfriend, Liza Morales, and their second song, Jayden unexpectedly passed away at six months old.

He had two more children with Morales: his daughter Destiny in 1998 and son Lamar Jr in 2002.

He has struggled with drug issues his entire life since he first tried cocaine on vacation in Florida when he was 24-years-old.

He told The Player's Tribune: "I wish I could tell you there was a reason for it. There wasn't. It was just an asinine decision I made."

The reality star added: "If I knew that it was going to affect my life the way it did, I would've never even thought about it."


Lamar was in a high-profile relationship with Khloe Kardashian, and married to her from 2009-2016.

The retired athlete appeared alongside his ex-wife on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, while they also starred in the spinoff Khloe & Lamar together from 2011-2012.

The former athlete opened up earlier to his co-star Todrick on a recent episode, revealing that he was hopeful Khloe would be on the show's cast.

Lamar told Todrick: "I just want to take her out to eat and tell her I'm sorry."

Alluding to his infidelity, Lamar said: "When you take a vow under the Lord's eye, you expect to honor that vow, which I didn't."

Later, Lamar confessed that he believed Khloe was "the one".

Khloe filed for divorce after trying to help her then-husband of four years seek rehabilitation.

Khloe moved on from Lamar with Tristan Thompson, who has cheated on her several times.

Most recently, he fathered a child with Maralee Nichols, admitting to paternity a month after the child's birth.

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