Khloé Kardashian says being happily married to Lamar Odom was "the most magical, special time" in her life.
The 31-year-old reality TV star - who recently asked for their divorce to be dismissed so she can continue to oversee her estranged husband's medical care after he was found unconscious in a brothel following a drugs binge - claims she did everything she could to save their relationship before filing court documents to dissolve their union in December 2013 following months of rumours he was cheating on her and addicted to crack cocaine.
She said: "It was a choice I had to make. But I will always love him. You don't have to be with someone in order to love him.
"If you asked me a year before, I would have never said I was going to get a divorce. I never wanted it to end. But I know I did everything I could. Divorce was my last option. But I would rather have had [our marriage] for that limited time than to never have had it at all. It was the most magical, special time in my life and I know what we had was really rare."
Khloé also said she doesn't think Lamar intended to break her heart.
The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star told PEOPLE: "I don't think what happened was anything intentional or that [Lamar] was being malicious.
"I don't believe in airing other people's dirty laundry, especially when you love someone."