Kris Humphries on Divorce: ‘You’ve Got to Move Forward’

Dec 9, 2011 9:12am
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While the whirlwind of the celebrity force known as Kardashian continues to swirl around him, Kris Humphries says he’s staying on a clear message: family and basketball.

“For me, it’s just certain things happen in life and you’ve got to move forward,” the 26-year-old NBA star said on “Good Morning America” today, referring to the court battle and media frenzy surrounding his divorce from reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

“Through everything I’m just focused on family and preparing for basketball,” he said.  “Basketball has always been something I’ve taken really serious and I continue to do that and I’m just moving forward.”

The two were married for just 72 days before Kardashian, 31, issued a press statement Oct. 31 announcing she was filing for divorce.  The move was said to have blindsided Humphries who responded with a statement of his own, saying, “I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce.”

In his first public comments since releasing that statement, Humphries declined to say whether or not he still loves Kardashian.

“I’m focused on just what I can control,” he said.  “I don’t really play into all the gossip and things that take place, but that’s life.”

“I’ve been doing a lot of things with my foundation and spending time with my family and working on my game,” Humphries, who does not currently have a contract with an NBA team, said of his life post-Kardashian.  “Hopefully I’ll be on a team soon and get ready to go.”

The former Nets star’s commitment to his NBA career is one thing that may have driven the couple apart.

In the current season of Kardashian’s reality show, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” the couple is seen living apart just weeks into their marriage, with Humphries returning home to Minnesota to train and Kardashian wanting to maintain her life in Los Angeles and New York.

The couple’s entire relationship was caught on camera, with their courtship documented on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” their multimillion dollar marriage broadcast as a two-part television special and the demise of their short-lived marriage now watched by millions every Sunday night on E!.

“I can’t say for sure or not for sure,” Humphries said today of whether or not the cameras ruined his marriage.  “It’s the only time I’ve been married.  I’ve been in the NBA since I was 19 years old, but it’s a different level.”

Humphries appeared on “GMA” with his mom, Debra Humphries, who, at the time of the divorce, was said to have told friends her former daughter-in-law had made a “huge mistake.”

“We have so much to be thankful for, and that’s where our family is at right now,” she said today.  “We’re not trying to look back.  We’re just trying to move forward.”

Her son, however, is looking back at least some on his divorce proceedings.

Last week, he responded to his wife’s divorce filing by filing for an annulment of their marriage in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing “fraud” as the reason.  While some sources say Humphries simply wants to start his life anew, others say he wants the extensive confidentiality contract in the couple’s prenuptial agreement voided so that he can talk freely about the relationship.

“Really right now I’m focused on basketball and other things will take care of themselves,” he said when asked why he wants his marriage annulled.  “It’s a great day for the NBA and the fans.”

Where Humphries might land as the NBA begins its shortened season after a long lockout remains unclear.  But there is one place he says you will not find him: in front of the TV, watching his marriage unfold.

“The only things I only watch on TV of myself is playing basketball,” he told “GMA.”  “I’ve never really been one to watch the show on TV. For me my focus is just basketball, my foundation, my family and moving through life.”

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