Kris Humphries talked public backlash after his divorce from Kim Kardashian, saying he had to lay low because he felt he ‘couldn’t win’.
Humphries and Kardashian were married for 72 days before they filed for divorce in October 2011, finalizing it a couple of years later right before Kim gave birth to daughter North and married Kanye West.
While talking to The Players’ Tribune, Humphries talked about the backlash that followed him after the divorce, saying, “I didn’t want to be Kris Humphries. It’s the craziest feeling in the world, not wanting to be yourself.”
He added, “I didn’t even want to say anything to defend myself, because it felt like I couldn’t win. 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.”
He also said that he was “definitely naive” about how his life was going to change after he began dating Kardashian, adding that, “The one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake. There’s definitely a lot about that (reality TV) world that is not entirely real. But our actual relationship was 100 percent real. When it was clear that it wasn’t working… what can I say? It sucked.”
He added, “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,” and said that he developed “a lot of anxiety, especially in crowds” after the news was announced.
He continued, “I didn’t want to leave my home. You feel like… the whole world hates you, but they don’t even know why. They don’t even know you at all. They just recognize your face, and they’re on you. Honestly, the game (of basketball) was the only thing that got me through it. The game and my family.”
The two got divorced in 2013.