Lamar Odom Reveals He Dated Empire Actress Taraji P. Henson Secretly But Blew It By Cheating On Her

He said he and Henson spent lots of time with one another, and began meeting each other's family and friends


opens up about his secret relationship with Empire star actress and how he destroyed their romance over 10 years ago due to his cheating habit.

The 39-year-old NBA veteran/reality star said in his new tell-all, Darkness to Light, that he was romantically involved with the Empire star, 48, prior to his marriage to .

In the book, Odom said that he and the stunning Washington, D.C. native, who plays Cookie Lyon on the Fox series, met and ‘ended up exchanging numbers’ – and that sparks flew between the duo.

‘She was just such a wise woman that she could see through whatever smooth act I was trying to put on. She refused to be just another conquest, and truthfully, I didn’t want her to be.’

The Queens, New York native, who spent 15 years in the NBA, the majority on the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers franchises, said he and Henson ‘started secretly dating and quickly fell in love.’

‘I don’t think I ever connected with another black woman,’ he said, ‘as deeply as I did Taraji.’

He said he and Henson spent lots of time with one another, and began meeting each other’s family and friends.

‘She introduced me to her fourteen-year-old son, Marcel, and was at my house nearly every day,’ he wrote. ‘Sometimes she’d bring some of her Hollywood friends, like actress who starred in Love And Basketball.’

Odom said things went by the wayside when he cheated on Henson, noting, ‘I felt guilty, but I was craving immediate sex.’

He reflected on the blown relationship with a sense of regret, writing, ‘Things were amazing, but of course, God gave me a layup and I blew it.’

Odom was married to Khloe Kardashian from September 27, 2009 until Khloe’s separation filing in December of 2013; the divorce was finalized in December of 2016.

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