Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom: The whirlwind romance holding on through testing times

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Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom: The whirlwind romance holding on through testing times

Sparks flew when the pair met at a Hollywood party in the summer of 2009. Lamar's preconceptions about what the Kardashian sister would be like were quickly shattered.

"I was kind of surprised at how intelligent she was," he admits. "You don't know what to expect. Next thing I know I'm spending every day with her."

As well as their mutual attraction the pair shared a poignant bond. Lamar lost his mother to cancer when he was 12 years old while Khloe's father died of the disease in 2003. Photo: © Getty Images