Kevin Hart, the American comedian and actor, has opened up on how a string of public scandals have affected his family.
Speaking with Will Smith, fellow actor, on Red Table Talk on Sunday, Hart recalled how scandals on his extra-marital affair and the controversy surrounding past homophobic comments created a fraught relationship between himself and Heaven, his 16-year-old daughter.
In 2017, the stand-up comedian had apologised to his family after claiming that someone was trying to blackmail him over a video showing him with another woman.
A year later, shortly after the actor was announced as the host of the year’s Oscar Awards, some social media users had dug out a few of his old tweets perceived to contain homophobic slurs.
Hart came under intense criticism which forced him to bow out of the annual award event which he had described as an “opportunity of a lifetime”.
Although Hart had since responded with an apology to the LGBTQ community over his “insensitive words,” the scars from the episode appear to still haunt him.
In the 45-minute chat with Will, Hart said the period made him realise the impact his popularity has on the affairs of his immediate family.
“My talk with [my daughter] Heaven… that was one like no other,” the comedian said.
“Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I was sorry, that I made a mistake; that was real… Until this day, my daughter is tough on me.
“My daughter was so upset because she couldn’t process how people could think this about her father. And it was so tough because this was when I started to realize how my fame has an impact on my household.”
The comedian is father to Heaven and son Hendrix, 13, from his former marriage to Torrei Hart, 43. He also has a son named Kenzo Kash, 3, and daughter Kaori, who is eight months, with his spouse Eniko Parrish, 36.
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