Kevin Hart has revealed how his teenage daughter and family reacted to his cheating scandal, which left his name in the mud.
The 41-year-old comedian was recently a guest on Red Table Talk, where he spoke to guest host Will Smith in a Father’s Day edition of the podcast. The project is typically hosted by Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
During the sit-down, Kevin opened up about dealing with his 2017 cheating controversy and how he explained the situation to his 16-year-old daughter, who he says was tough on him following the cheating scandal. The father of four, who married Eniko Parrish in August 2016, shares Heaven and 13-year-old son Hendrix with ex-wife Torrei Hart.
The 36-year-old model was eight months pregnant with the couple’s first child when the comedian cheated on her. He issued a public apology on September 16, 2017.
“You know, when me and my wife [Eniko] went through what we went through and the whole cheating display, my talk with Heaven—goddamn,” Kevin said. “That was one like no other.”
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He continued, “Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I was sorry, that I made a mistake—that was real. To understand, like, I’m still Dad. You’re reading stuff. This is a child, right? Every child has the Internet. There’s nothing that you’re gonna come across that you’re gonna read that isn’t gonna have an impression. A child? Everything has a meaning.”
The comedian added, “My daughter was tough on me! Until this day, my daughter is tough on me. My daughter don’t play no games with her father, man.”
In September 2017, Kevin posted a public apology on Instagram to then-pregnant wife Eniko for his “bad error in judgment” and added, “Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better and I will.”
Eniko, who shares 3-year-old son Kenzo and 8-month-old daughter Kaori with the star, later revealed during the documentary series Kevin Hart: Don’t F–k This Up that she still gets “sensitive every time I talk about” the cheating scandal.
On Red Table Talk, Kevin also recalled the discussion he had with Heaven about the situation surrounding his resurfaced homophobic tweets, which forced him to step down as host of the 2019 Oscars ceremony.
“When the whole thing started to happen with the LGBTQ+ community and the misconception of me, and what I was, and what I am, and what I feel, my daughter was so upset because she couldn’t process how people could think this about her father,” the Ride Along performer explained. “And it was so tough because this is when I started to realize how my fame has an impact on my household, right? There’s a certain level of obliviousness.”