Chris Rock Admits He Was A Bad Husband
Chris Rock (52) is ready to address his divorce and as expected, he’s using art to do so. In 2014, Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock split after 18 years of marriage. The couple share two daughters. During a recent stand-up set the comedian, who is currently doing a comedy tour, says,
I wasn’t a good husband a lot of the times. I was a piece of sh*t.
The pair finalized their divorced in 2016 and it was rumored he cheated on her. Rock admits that at the time he felt he could get away with because he was famous and he was the breadwinner in the family.
That’s bulls–t. That actually goes the other way. My faults are magnified. Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you. And you let them down; getting divorced, you have to f—ing start over. You get to reset. It’s not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down.
Rock is now dating actress Megalyn Echikunwoke. He doesn’t reveal too much about their relationship, but maintains,
She’s got her own dough. It’s amazing.
In a separate interview, Rock weighs in on why he bans cell phones at his show; why he ended Everybody Hates Chris and who he considers competition. Check out the excerpts below.
Why he decided to go back on tour:
I needed some money, man. This alimony is kicking my-. Uh, I don’t know. When people talk to you like you ain’t funny. They just give you that look.
If there are limitations on his material:
There is nothing off limits that I will not touch. I mean, if it’s funny let’s do it!
Having a no phone clause at his comedy show:
We got little pouches where you put your phone in, and the pouches only open at the door. It’s high-tech. But, A. Netflix doesn’t want their show on YouTube before it comes out. And B. Now you go to shows sometimes, you want to share the experience. Let’s really experience this, why are we looking through this thing [phone screen].
Who he considers competition:
We are all trying to get to Richard Pryor. That’s my #1. But you know, Dave a lil’ bit. Ali Wong. Kevin Hart.
Why he stopped his hit-sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris”:
You know what, the kid grew out of it. He was in high school with a beard. It was time. And we were on a weird network. People didn’t know about the show until the syndication.
If he was aware Charlie Murphy was sick:
I suspected something was up. A couple of pictures I saw, he didn’t look right. We share an accountant too, and he was like ‘Check on Charlie.’
How his divorce affected his material:
I mean, how has it affected me? It makes me a hungrier person.
What fans can expect from his latest shows:
I’m not going to be slandering their mother. You’re gonna get more like, ‘love who you’re with and appreciate what you got.’ It’s gone be funny, but it’s more like ‘don’t take life for granted.’
Dealing with teenage daughters:
You know, your first instinct is that you want them to be with a nerd and not a cool guy. But then you realize, nerds want a lil’ something, too. They’re just more polite about it.