Kris Humphries(notes) had a suspicion his celebrity wife Kim Kardashian could be bailing on their marriage, but has told NBA friends he was “blindsided” by Monday’s divorce filing and learned of the news through a TMZ report like the rest of the world.
The couple’s recent issues played out in the tabloid world and culminated with Kardashian filing for divorce after 72 days of marriage.
"I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce," Humphries said in a statement later Monday.
Humphries, a free-agent forward who played for the New Jersey Nets a season ago, married Kardashian in a lavish, made-for-reality-TV wedding on Aug. 20 in California. As the Nets planned to move into a brand new Brooklyn arena for the 2012-13 season, his relationship with Kardashian appealed to the franchise's business and marketing side.
Kardashian lent some sort of celebrity status to the franchise's courtside seats, but that was never going to influence the Nets' basketball officials on how they worked to re-sign him. Nets management does have interest in bringing back Humphries, but purely based on his market value for rebounding and defense.
TMZ reported that Kardashian filed for divorce on Monday morning, citing "irreconcilable differences."
In his statement, Humphries sounded like he isn't ready for the marriage to end.
"I'm committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents," he said, "and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it work."