Khloe Kardashian's new husband LAMAR ODOM has lashed out at claims the pair's rushed wedding is for publicity - insisting the marriage is "real".
The basketball star and reality TV socialite wed in a lavish ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday (27Sep09), after just a month of dating.
However, the U.S. media has suggested the union could be a money-spinning exercise, after Kardashian was offered a $250,000 (£167,000) contract allowing OK! magazine to feature the nuptials in an exclusive spread.
The pair's wedding also isn't legally binding until they finalise the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement - which is currently in negotiations.
But Odom is eager to dismiss any speculation suggesting the marriage isn't the real deal.
He says, "It was real. It's crazy how perception works in America when you're looking at things from the outside. 'It might be off, it might be on.' But anybody that was there will tell you that it was a beautiful event and it was real."