Kris Humphries on His 72-Day Marriage to Kim Kardashian: 'To Me, It Was Real'

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The Kardashian clan is notorious for making money off selling engagement and wedding photos and weight-loss announcements to the weekly magazines. But no media outlet is getting an exclusive "Why I Left Him" story from Kim, surprisingly. 

Kris Humphries may look back now and wonder what Kim Kardashian’s motives were for marrying him last August, but he maintains in a new interview that his motive was love.

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“To me it was real,” Humphries, 27, tells Access Hollywood regarding accusations the marriage wasn’t authentic. “I would never go through something or do something that wasn’t real or I didn’t believe in, so I can really only speak for myself in terms of that.”

Kardashian, 31, has told multiple news outlets that she married for love, cried while saying the same thing on E!’s Kourtney & Kim Take New York reality series and recently tried to explain that divorce would’ve been a bad business decision while co-hosting Live With Kelly.

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Yet in the weeks following the divorce and while his marriage disintegrated onscreen, the basketball player has insinuated that his ex’s motives may not have been as pure as his own. “I can’t wait for the truth to come out! People will be surprised or maybe they won’t,” Humphries tweeted in mid-January during an episode of the reality show. And he stresses that monetary gain wouldn’t have motivated him to marry Kardashian.

“When I was a kid growing up, it was always like, ‘Man, one day I want to have this or that,’ and you work so hard and that’s your goal,” Humphries says. “But, like, when you get all those things that you wanted, those things don’t make you happy. Money only has so much — it doesn’t rule my life. So I would never do anything strictly for money.”

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At this point, Humphries credits his faith in God, his close family and basketball for helping him to get through the drama caused by his high-profile quickie divorce from Kardashian.