NBA star James Harden enjoyed an eight-month romance with reality star Khloe Kardashian in 2015 during what he now refers to as the 'worst year' of his life.
The bearded pro athlete, 27, was plagued by fitness issues, his team the Houston Rockets were on a losing streak and on top if it all he had to deal with unrelenting attention from the paparazzi because of his famous girlfriend.
'I didn’t like all the attention,' he told Sports Illustrated in a candid interview published online on Tuesday.
'I didn't like all the attention': James Harden has spoken about how he hated life in the tabloid spotlight during his brief romance with reality star Khloe Kardashian, pictured August 2015
'I feel like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that,' he explained. 'It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me.'
While he never mentions Kardashian by name, he recalls the moment when it dawned on him that there were too many distractions pulling him away from what should be his main focus: his game.
He was arriving at a hotel in Miami with his teammates after flying in from Houston and was met by a crowd of