Aug. 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM ET
Lamar Odom has resurfaced, and wife Khloe Kardashian is standing by him. The NBA player was feared missing earlier this week, when the news broke that he was battling a serious drug addiction. On Monday afternoon, Odom was finally seen in public, driving his white SUV into the gated community where he and Khloe live. He looks tired and thin, but still in one piece. And fit to drive, we assume.
In the paparazzi photos of Odom, you can see that he's wearing his wedding ring. Likewise, Khloe was wearing hers when she was photographed in Los Angeles on Monday. It would appear that the couple is still together, which flies in the face of reports that Khloe has left Lamar.
"Lamar was never missing. He has been with Khloe. They have never spoken to a divorce attorney," a source close to the couple told E! News. "Right now the family is focused on getting Lamar better."
It may be an uphill battle. Khloe reportedly staged an intervention last Wednesday, to no avail. Then on Monday, another intervention was attempted by some of Odom's past and present basketball teammates. Reportedly, he walked out on that one, too.
Depending on which reports you read, Lamar is either addicted to crack cocaine or OxyContin. Either way, it's a serious and life-threatening situation.
And we have to admit, it's strange to write (and read) anything serious about the Kardashian family. Their lives are usually a reliable blend of silly hijinks and juicy drama. Now something truly alarming is happening, and they're going to have to put aside the script to deal with it. Because this is one Keeping Up with the Kardashians subplot that no one wants to see.
Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor—find her on Twitter.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.