Kevin Hart Comes Clean On Cheating & How He’s Fixing A Family Feud (Video)
One of the biggest themes for top entertainers in 2017 is admitting the mistake of marital infidelity while saving the family. JAY-Z took it to music with many of his most personal lines in the Grammy-nominated 4:44. In his own way and circumstances, Kevin Hart is doing the same.
The top actor and comedian appears on The Breakfast Club this morning (December 14). Promoting his films, Grammy nomination, and this weekend’s SNL hosting spot, Hart wastes no time allowing Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy (two men who openly admit they too have been caught cheating in the public eye) as well as Angela Yee to hit him with the hard questions.
“It’s beyond irresponsible, okay?” Hart says asked about the circulated video from July of him with a woman who is not his wife in Las Vegas. Notably, Kevin’s hoodie has that very word “irresponsible” printed on it. “Now there’s no way around it. The best way to do it is to just address it, right-on. You gotta just [call] it exactly what it is: that is Kevin Hart at his dumbest moment. That’s not the finest hour of my life. But that being said, you make your bed [and] you lay in it. So you can’t even say ‘what were you thinking?’ because you weren’t thinking…you don’t plan to f*ck up. You f*ck up and then go, ‘Oh sh*t. I f*cked up.'” He says he stands in front of his mistake “with hands in the air.” He continues, “I’m guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved and sh*t that I can’t talk about. I’m guilty. I’m wrong. Me being wrong, I’ma face the music. I’m gonna go home. I’m gonna address it. I’m gonna make my wife full-aware of what’s going on of the situation that I have now put us in, and I’m hoping that she has a heart to where she can forgive me and understand that this is not going to be a recurring thing, and allow me to f*cking recover from my massive mistake. That’s what I’m trying to do, not only as a man, but [also in] teaching a lesson to my son: ‘you do something wrong, stand in front of your wrong sh*t. Don’t run away from it.’ This was dad’s wrong sh*t.”
As the opening conversation continues, Kevin Hart says that his family life is changed. “It’s a cold house! It’s a very cold house for a minute! And rightfully so…there’s good days and there’s bad days. Take your f*ckin’ humble pie and eat it. But here’s the difference though: [there is] a difference between f*cking up and trying to recover from your f*ck-up because you realize what you almost lost. See, that’s the real difference here.” Hart adds that his first divorce was not the same, despite some scrutiny from fans and media. He is currently married to Eniko Parrish. In 2011, Hart divorced ex-wife Torrei. “No, I didn’t. I didn’t f*ck up my first marriage. Stop it! Stop the talk. I don’t like people bringing up my first marriage. I left my first marriage; I got a divorce. I filed! I’m the one that said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m not happy.’ The infidelity and sh*t is ’cause we [were separated]. We’re done!” Of his current marriage, he says, “I’ve got to repair this, ’cause this is what I want. This is my foundation. This is my wife, my kids! I worked for this. This is nine-plus years. God damn!”
Of the dynamic with his wife, Hart says, “You’ve got to be patient and literally give your woman the time that she needs to recover from that, and afterwards, still know that that sh*t [is] gonna come back up. There’s days where we’re riding in the car and I’ve [felt] her staring at the side of my face; I act like I don’t feel it,” he says with a smile. “The difference is, I love my f*cking wife! My wife knows my god damned heart. You know who your man is, and you know what I stand for.”
Kevin refuses to get into the particulars of the video footage, saying that there is a real “federal investigation.” Instead, he kept the address about his own accountability. “I was by myself. No team. Nobody. I was supposed to be in Barcelona, but the terrorist attacks had happened that morning. But the bomb and sh*t goes off. ‘Boom.’ Oh, I’m not going. I’m chillin’.” He adds that his wife was out of town with her family. He decided to go to Vegas to gamble. “It’s a reality check and a gut-punch from God that’s not ignored. I got a DUI; I didn’t f*ckin’ ignore it. ‘Oh, the next one, they say I’m goin’ to f*ckin’ jail?’ No more; I’m getting a f*ckin’ driver. I’m in my Sprinter if I’m ever going out to [drink]. I learned my lesson. That’s a gut-punch from God. ‘You’re not invincible. You can’t move the way you think you can move. I can take it away like this.’ God, yes, you can. Jesus Christ, I’m done.” The 38-year-old says he now will spend his time at home, away from temptations of any kind. “I’m about to be 40 soon; I tap out.”
Hart admits that with his power and superstar brand, he grew ignorant to reality. “When you get comfortable, that’s when you get weak—’cause you’re never on high-alert. He says that he will incorporate this personal experience into his upcoming stand-up comedy. “Here’s the thing: I talk about things because I don’t want people to ever have a chance to say sh*t about me that I’ve never said [first]. You’re not gonna f*ckin’ have information on me to where I go places, and I feel uncomfortable; get the f*ck outta here!”
Like JAY-Z and Beyoncé putting their marital problems on two major albums, Kevin Hart suggests he confers with his spouse before putting this aspect of real-life into his art. “In no way am I demeaning to her. It’s all about me: my dumb moves. I’m never putting her down. She knows that. [She is] on a pedestal. Forever. It’s my f*ckin’ rib; I don’t care what anybody says. You’re my rib; that’s my wife.” He finished the opening discussion point by stating his strong anger against fans and media blaming his second wife for the infidelity. “That’s the sh*t that almost got under my f*ckin’ skin. I had to breathe for a minute. Because that [‘homewrecker’] title was put on her by my ex out of anger, out of whatever. You can look up anything in history, you’ve never heard me bad-talk my kids’ mother, my ex-wife. Never. I don’t do it; it’s not my character. Never. But in her most emotional time, she lashed out against Eniko. So those titles of ‘homewrecker’ [and] ‘mistress’ was put out and portrayed from an image that wasn’t true.”
The 56-minute Breakfast Club interview also delves into Hart’s current film projects.