Kevin Hart Says He’s A New Man After Serious Car Crash: It’s A Resurrection + Talks Being More Involved W/ His Family: There’s A Lot I Wasn’t Doing
Kevin Hart is opening up about his life after a car accident almost took his life in September.
The comedian and actor’s 1940 Plymouth Barracuda was totaled as Kevin Hart was in the passenger seat, his friend, Jared Black was driving, and Black’s fiancée Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat.
The trio suffered serious injuries and Kevin Hart had to undergo back surgery. He started making his comeback in October, but he’s made it clear he’s a new and improved Kevin Hart.
He said in the latest issue of Men’s Health released Wednesday (Feb. 5),
“I’m not trying to get back to where I was before—I want to be better than before. It’s a resurrection. That’s the best way for me to put it. I feel like the other version of myself died in that moment and this new version was born to understand and to do better. Sometimes you’re not going to get it when you’re supposed to get it. But when it comes and that light bulb goes off, holy f***.”
He also revealed he has no recollection of what happened in the crash.
“I can’t tell you nothing about it. Isn’t that scary? The first thing I remember is being in the ambulance with my wife.”
Fans have already seen a different side of Kevin Hart in his Netflix documentary Don’t F*** This Up.
One of the ongoing topics of conversation is last year’s Oscar Awards. Kevin Hart was tapped to host, but later pulled out after the academy pressured him to apologize after old tweets, that were deemed homophobic, resurfaced in late 2018. Kevin Hart told the publication,
“With the whole Oscars thing, there was a big gap between what I thought the problem was versus what the problem really was. I got ten years where I made sure not to joke or play in the way that I did back then because it was a problem. I don’t care if you’re gay or not gay. I’m a people person. I’m going to love you regardless.”
He said it took his celebrity friends who are openly homosexual to show him where he went wrong.
” It wasn’t until close friends like Wanda Sykes, Lee Daniels, and Ellen [DeGeneres] talked to me and explained what they didn’t hear me say that I understood. Then I was like, ‘Oh, s***—I did f*** up.’?”
Hart added that he realized what was really important in life when he was temporarily paralyzed.
“It all boiled down to four walls. And in the space of those four walls was my wife and my brother, my kids and my friends, all on rotation. And I got a chance to think about what matters, and it’s not fame. It’s not money. It’s not jewelry, cars, or watches. What matters are relationships. You know, the people that were helping me get up and out of the bed. The biggest realization came from something somebody told me ‘You can’t be married to your career and date your family.’ That blew me the f***away.”
Still, he added that he’s still “addicted to work,” and is trying to find a balance.
“I’d much rather that be my addiction than be strung out on crack, but now I have to struggle to find balance. That hustle is not going anywhere, but I want it suppressed and balanced so I can put the same kind of energy into my family.”
“I’m on the road to becoming the best version of myself. And I thought I was on the right road, but something happened. F***, I see now that I need to make a U-turn and go two blocks, then make a left. That’s the road I’m supposed to be on. So I still have many of the same goals, but now I’m just going down a different road to get there.”
He admitted that he wasn’t as present with his family as he could’ve been, but has changed since his near-death experience.
“Honestly, there’s a lot that I wasn’t doing. Now I’m doing a lot of little things that are important. I’m sitting with the kids before and after dinner. We are doing taco Tuesdays, Mexican-food Thursdays, Chinese-food Sundays. We got movie night twice a week. Now I’m walking my f***ing dog. I’m picking up dog s***.”
His wife, Eniko Hart, even chimed in and said she’s witnessed a new Kev.
“There were times where he was here but not really here. Not to say he wasn’t a family man before, but he’s expressed that the accident made him make up for some of the time missed because of work.”
Kevin ended with,
“…Make sure you’re implementing the same amount of time and energy into being present for what matters. Because when s*** hits the fan, you’re going to realize that the things that matter are all you truly care about. Nothing else f***ing matters.”
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