LOS ANGELES -- Recently wedded reality television star Khloé Kardashian and Lakers basketball player Lamar Odom confessed Wednesday that they had struggled with the "seven day itch" but after intensive counseling had returned to wedded bliss.
Kardashian and Odom married Sept. 27 after a whirlwind month-long courtship that made Tom Cruise's pre-engagement pursuit of Katie Holmes appear protracted.
"The first day was awesome," Kardashian said. "That was our honeymoon and we totally lived it up -- we hung out at Chateau Marmont and watched the sunset and learned deep things about each other, like our favorite colors and middle names."
The couple's speedy nuptials raised a few eyebrows, with one guest overheard saying, "Since I have a year to give the wedding present I'll just wait and they'll probably be divorced before then." But Odom insisted that the marriage was one for the ages, even as his lawyer put triplicate copies of an 11th hour prenup in a fire-, water- and nuclear-attack resistant safe.
Among the trials the now-seasoned couple will have to face include Odom's frequent travels for road games. They already had a trial separation when Kardashian had to spend the better part of a morning at the dentist in order to prepare for her upcoming media appearances to tout her teeth whitening pen, Idol White.
The restlessness Kardashian and Odom felt after their week of marriage typically takes longer to occur -- seven years, as memorably documented in The Seven Year Itch, a popular 1955 movie starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. But Kardashian and Odom said that their intense love for each other has made them experience everything at warp speed.
The trouble started one week after their marriage when they went out to dinner at Cut, Wolfgang Puck's popular Beverly Hills steakhouse. Kardashian, who has posed for PETA and does not eat red meat, said she was astounded and shocked when Odom ordered the 34 ounce porterhouse steak and ate it all. "I told him that he should have ordered the kobe beef. At least those cows got to drink beer and have daily deep tissue massages."
Odom, in turn, was turned off by Kardashian's constant texting with sister Kim, who was sitting at their same table. The situation escalated to a full-scale crisis when the waiter winked at Kardashian and Odom caught her twittering "OMG, at CUT and waiter is SO HOT." He retaliated by giving a fan who asked to take a picture with the famous trio a peck on the cheek.
Odom ended up spending the night at friend Ron Artest's house while Kardashian shared a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with her sister. But by 2:30 a.m., the distraught and lonely couple called Dr. Phil, who gave them tips on how to reinvigorate their marriage.
With their marriage now into the double digit day mark and going strong, Kardashian and Odom say that they are considering writing an advice book on relationships to help other couples whose marriages have gone stale.
They're also taking time to celebrate other milestones, like Odom's first regular season exhibition game as a married man. "We're going to renew our vows at the All-Star break," Odom said mistily.