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The rumors of a split looming for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom began long before the reality star stopped wearing her wedding ring. However, a recent TMZ report sheds some light on the reason Khloe chucked that 12.5-carat sparkler back into her jewelry box...or into Lamar’s hands, perhaps?

Turns out it has everything to do with the leaked cell phone video of Lamar rapping about his pursuits “on the DL.” Aside from being totally awkward and hard to watch, the drunken November 23 rap video was the straw that broke Khloe’s back. A TMZ source says Khloe caught wind of the video while on her way home from Sydney, Australia.

The timeline definitely adds up when you look at paparazzi photos of Kokes during that week. Up until returning from her world tour as the Kardashian Kollection’s ambassador, Khloe could be seen wearing her ring, but she’s since traded it in for some far more subdued and not-so-marital jewelry.

This may also explain why Lamar wasn’t included in the Kardashian family’s Thanksgiving festivities. While original reports say it was Lamar’s dad Joe who wasn’t welcome, we wouldn’t be surprised if Lamar’s little freestyle session was also a factor.

Sigh. At this point, we just want Khloe to be happy. But we can’t help but feel after all she’s been through, she should still hang on to that beautiful bling. Maybe she can make it into a pendant or something?

Source: TMZ

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