Before there was Kim Kardashian and Kanye West there was Kim and Kris Humphries. Kim and Kris were married for an infamous 72 days before filing for divorce. Their relationship, wedding and divorce were all filmed for Keeping Up With The Kardashians and made people think it was a publicity stunt.
Kris and Kim began dating in October 2010 and were engaged in May 2011. They were married in August of that same year and then divorced 72 days later.
Now nine years later Kris is opening up about his publicized married to Kim. Kris wrote an essay called “I Never Wanted to Be That Guy” for the Players’ Tribune.
Kris remembers his time in the league and how it took him years to figure out his role in the NBA and how to save his career. Just when he was starting to figure it all out he married Kim and the media frenzy ensued.
“I was definitely naive about how much my life was going to change. But the one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake,” Kris wrote.
“There’s definitely a lot about that world that is not entirely real. But our actual relationship was 100% real. When it was clear that it wasn’t working … what can I say? It sucked. It’s never easy to go through the embarrassment of something like that — with your friends, with your family…. But when it plays out so publicly, in front of the world, it’s a whole other level. It was brutal.”
“I didn’t know how to handle it, because I never thought I was going to be famous in that way,” Kris continued.
Kris went on to write that he dealt with “a lot of anxiety” and didn’t want to leave his house. He wrote that the whole world hated him and there was nothing he could do.
“And I didn’t even want to say anything to defend myself, because it felt like I couldn’t win,” the basketball player wrote. “You can’t go up against the tabloids. You can’t go up against that machine. There’s no point. And even if I played that game, I felt like it would be disrespecting the game of basketball.”
At the end of the essay, he announced his retirement. He credits basketball to being the only thing that helped him get through his public divorce and media scrutiny.