With the NBA lockout showing no signs of ending anytime soon and his marriage on the rocks, Kris Humphries has retreated to his Lake Minnetonka home to escape the public eye.
Nestled along the lake’s secluded northern shore with a spectacular view of the water, Humphries' home blends in seamlessly with others in the upscale Mound subdivision on Island View Drive.
After America watched his highly publicized courtship and marriage to socialite Kim Kardashian on the E! Network’s hit television show “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” Kardashian filed for divorce from the 26-year-old Minnetonka native after just 72 days of marriage. The marital breakdown has since become regular fodder for late night comedians and gossip columnists.
Except for a brief statement he released immediately after Kardashian’s Oct 31 divorce filing, Humphries has remained virtually silent and out of the media’s reach.
“I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce,” part of the statement read.
Humphries has been spotted several times in the Lake Minnetonka area during the last two weeks—working out at L.A. Fitness in Chanhassen and near his parents’ home on Lake Minnewashta. According to reports filed by TMZ, Kardashian flew to Minneapolis last week to talk with Humphries and speak face-to-face with his family.
Contrary to previous media reports that he and Kardashian bought the Lake Minnetonka home over the summer, Humphries purchased the lakeshore property in July 2005 for $1.55 million. Not immune to the nation’s collapsing real estate market, the estate is now worth about half that, according to the Hennepin County Assessor’s Office.
His luxury SUV sat in the driveway Wednesday morning, but Humphries did not answer the door when Patch attempted to speak with him.
A neighbor says Humphries keeps to himself and causes little commotion when he is home.
Bill Garrity lives just across the secluded road from Humphries' home and said he hasn't had any problems with his celebrity neighbor in the years he has known him.
“When he started seeing her (Kardashian), she started showing up this year,” Garrity said. “They travel so much, so they’re hardly ever home. They’ll show up for a day or two and then he’s gone.”
Garrity said there have been no loud parties, large convoys or other conspicuous activity at the home and Humphries is quick with a wave and polite greeting whenever the two see each other.
“I talk to Kris once in a while,” Garrity said. “I say, ‘Hi, how are you doing?’ when he’s out doing yard work or something like that. He’s a great neighbor—really just a normal, nice guy.”
Humphries grew up in Minnesota and attended and led the school to a state championship in 2002.
In fact, , and Novak’s wife, Shauna, were among the many guests at the Kardashian-Humphries wedding in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Humphries chose the University of Minnesota over a slew of scholarship offers from other top basketball programs, and was the lone bright spot on a poor-performing U of M basketball team in 2004. He left the U of M after his freshman year and was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 14th pick of the 2004 NBA draft.
He has played for four different teams, most recently the New Jersey Nets, and is currently an unrestricted free agent—although the NBA labor lockout has prevented him from negotiating a contract with a new team.
Humphries and Kardashian spent Easter in Minnesota with Kris’ family. They were seen attending church together and working out at the LA Fitness in Chanhassan.
The couple grabbed headlines across the country after spending the Fourth of July frolicking with friends on and around Big Island. Photos of the two enjoying themselves quickly surfaced on the Internet.
They married in August and there have been rumors of problems since then, according to the Huffington Post. Prior to Kardashian filing for divorce, the couple was filming a new season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York."
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