A few days shy of a year since Lamar Odom and fiancée Sabrina Parr announced their engagement, the personal trainer shared that she has decided to call the whole thing off.
The 33-year-old made the news known in an Instagram Story on Wednesday night.
“Y’all know I’m honest and transparent so I have to be the first to let you guys know that I am no longer engaged to Lamar,” she wrote. “This has been a difficult decision for me to make but it is the best for myself and my children. Lamar has some things that he alone has to work through. I love him dearly but I am no longer able to be by his side while he seeks the help he so desperately needs. I wish him all the best and I am asking that you pray for everyone involved.”
Their relationship first became public in August 2019, and by early November of that same year, they shared that they were engaged. (Presently, both of their announcements posted to Instagram have been deleted.) Odom said at the time, “She the ONE!!!!”
But there were obstacles. Odom has been criticized for seemingly putting romantic relationships over the health of the relationships he has with his two children, Destiny and Lamar Odom, Jr. They reportedly found out about his engagement on Instagram with the rest of Odom’s family. Most recently, their mother, Liza Morales, called out Odom for failing to contribute to his son’s college fees.
“Let’s get to the real. Where’s LJ’s College Money??!” she asked. She also accused Parr of writing the captions to Odom’s lovey-dovey posts.
It’s unclear though what things Parr says he “desperately” needs to work through. However, the former NBA star was hospitalized in 2015 after being found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada and ended up on life support following a drug overdose with cocaine found in his system.
The couple had an engagement party eight weeks ago, and Odom has the photos from that, as well as many others of Parr, still on his page. No comments are allowed, though. That could signal that he’s optimistic about the possibility of things working out between them down the line. Until then, Parr is focused on herself and her kids, and Odom should do the same.
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The couple announced in August of this year that on November 11, 2021, they were going to marry in Miami. The hashtag they were going to go with was #TheOdomsLastDance.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 02: Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr attend Regard Magazine and Coin Up app host ‘Regard Cares’ event to celebrate fall issue featuring Marisol Nichols at Palihouse West Hollywood on October 02, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
Parr was confident after announcing the wedding date for next year that they were the last stop for each other romantically.
“We’ve both experienced many relationships. Been married, divorced, you name it, we’ve been through it… But this right here will be our LAST DANCE!” she wrote. “Can’t wait to marry you big man.”
The date, 11/11, is a number associated with good luck, and it was also the date that Odom asked for Parr’s hand in marriage.
Lamar Odom attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on February 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
The couple was abstaining from sex, with Parr sharing with Hollywood Life that it was the first time in Odom’s life that he was free and clear of major vices. It was his pastor who encouraged him to hold off on sex until after saying “I do.”
“Once Lamar got saved, he developed a relationship with a pastor and there’s a lot of things he just wants to grow, areas he wants to grow in, and things he wants to improve on as a man,” she said. “And as a man, the pastor suggested to him, it’s not Godly if Christians like to have sex before marriage. And obviously he’s already had sex, so he couldn’t cut that out, but he said, ‘A great sacrifice to God would be to withhold from sex until you guys got married.’ And so, I think he really respects the pastor’s opinion and his voice.”
Lamar Odom and his new fiancée Sabrina Parr stroll hand in hand in Miami Beach vacation as hey continued their sunsoaked vacation on Wednesday (nov 13). Fitness coach Sabrina was flashing her impressive teardrop shaped engagement ring. The former NBA star who was once married to Khloe Kardashian, proposed during dinner a few days earlier.
As mentioned earlier, Odom’s son, Lamar Jr., took to social media to express his disappointment at finding out that his father was engaged online. He also said that the former NBA player’s family and friends didn’t approve of Parr.
“Not a txt or phone call to see how people who’ve known this dude his whole life to see how we would feel or react,” he wrote on Instagram. “Knew shawty for 4 months and already got you twisted, fam n friends already don’t approve of homegirl but she already got your a– ina sunken place. Shame family gotta find out on social media but that’s been how life been all the time as a son of an Odom.”
Parr admitted that trying to create a good relationship with Odom’s kids, who are already grown, proved to be difficult. However, she’s said she made a serious effort and understands that their pain has more to do with issues they have with their father than with her.
“What they haven’t told you is that I have spent time with them, kicked it with his daughter, had the kids flown out to L.A. to surprise their dad and helped orchestrate one on one time for him and the kids,” she said. “That entire family is hurt by things that happened way before I came around and it’s hard for them to accept anyone when he hasn’t been the best dad to them. I was a daughter of a missing dad so I totally understand which is why I give them room for their process.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr are seen on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap phamous2/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Despite Odom’s past marriage to Khloe Kardashian and very long relationship with Liza Morales, he said that what he had with Parr was the most significant relationship he’s had with a woman.
“Outside of my daughter, this is the most serious and committed relationship I’ve ever been in with a woman,” he said before making it clear he is no longer interested in talking about his exes, famous or not.
“I’m tired of people asking me questions about my exes based on old interviews and old comments!” he said. “I said what I said then based on where I was in life at that time. I was young, wasn’t sober and going through a lot. All of that is different now. I’m at where I want to be at!”
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 15: Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr attend Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Before proposing to the fitness guru and mom of two, Odom said a month before proposing that he was working up the courage to get down on one knee. The two had reportedly only been dating before that point for a few months. However, she was a big support for him, including when he was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
“I just want to publicly thank Baby Doll @getuptoparr for coming to LA supporting me to the fullest with my DWTS run. What she does for me and everyone around her is so impressive. I’m not sure how she gets all this stuff done but she does it,” he wrote on Instagram. “I love this woman! Our bond is strong and getting stronger by the minute! I’m trying to build up the courage to make her Mrs. Parr-Odom !!!!!!”
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr are seen on November 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by OGUT/Star Max/GC Images)
As previously stated, Parr is a divorced mother of two. During her marriage, she reportedly cheated on her husband, Antonio Davis, and during a confrontation over such revelations, things got violent. She hit him in the head with a trophy and he required stitches. She was charged with attempting to cause physical harm through the use of a deadly weapon, among other things, in 2015. She ended up serving 156 days in jail and was sentenced to three years probation.
However, Parr said that through hard work and forgiveness, she was able to mend things between herself and her ex-husband and maintain a strong relationship with her son.
“For any of you that may be going through a breakup, divorce, any type of separation from your kids… let me tell you this; as long as you built a foundation of love with your children… they gone love you forever! Also I want you to learn how to forgive!!!! If you don’t learn anything else in life, please learn forgiveness! Forgive the ones who hurt you and especially forgive yourself! Once I learned what the true meaning of forgiveness was, I was free and at peace!” she said.
“I can honestly say through making the choice to forgive, me and my ex husband have a GREAT relationship!” she added. “We don’t argue, we don’t fight, we speaking daily, we coparent effectively and he truly supports my grind! None of that would be possible if I didn’t forgive!”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Magic Johnson and Lamar Odom attend The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Odom has only had good things to say about Parr from the beginning. Hopefully that (and his sobriety) will continue despite the end of their engagement.
“She got my back even when she in front of me! This women [sic] right here is my backbone!! She’s what’s necessary,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m amazed by her strength and grace everyday. I ain’t trying to sound like a sucka but [I don’t care] this what she do to me. Best woman I’ve ever had!!!”
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr are seen on September 30, 2019 at Los Angeles. (Photo by OGUT/Star Max/GC Images)