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I’m in a ‘good space’ thanks to Kanye West, Kim Kardashian tells Oprah

Kim Kardashian Kanye West watch Los Angeles Lakers play Denver Nuggets Game 7 their first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. | Mark J. Terrill~AP

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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:58AM

A controversial public persona isn’t all Kim Kardashian has in common with new boyfriend Kanye West.

In the second party of her interview with Oprah Winfrey (airing Sunday on OWN), the reality TV star says it’s “comforting” to be with someone so familiar with her experiences.

“I can really relate to his mother passing,” she says. “He can really relate to my father passing. I mean, there’s so many similarities in our life that I feel like I’m at a really happy, good space.”

She’s known the rapper for about a decade. “I don’t know why it took so long for us to get together,” Kardashian says, “but I think I needed to go through all my experiences, and some that he’s gone through.”

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