The romance between Khloé Kardashian and James Harden seems like a distant memory, but for the NBA star, the wounds are apparently still fresh. In a new interview, Harden speaks at length about the relationship and the attention that came with dating a member of reality TV's most famous family.
He tells Sports Illustrated that 2015, the year he dated Khloé, was the "worst year" of his life — ouch! — adding that he "didn't like all the attention."
"I feel like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that," he explained. "It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me."
While he never mentions Khloé by name, he does admit that a trip to Miami during the basketball season was the final straw. He was swarmed by paparazzi the moment he got off the plane, and says it was a distraction to his game. 'I don’t need pictures of myself when I’m driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates. I had to eliminate that," he adds.
See how Khloe defended her now baller bae, Tristan Thompson, on The Wendy Williams Show, above.
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