On the Howard Stern Show, Kevin Hart opened up about his painful childhood and the challenges he faced at a young age with his ex-drug addict father.
In the interview Hart says that if he had to live through his childhood all over again– he would. “I wouldn’t change it one bit.”
Not only does Kevin Hart not allow his past to define him, he appreciates the experiences of his past because it made him the man and father that he is today. “The way I look at it now, I’m such a great father,because I don’t want to make the mistakes that my dad made,” said Hart. “If my dad hadn’t been around and didn’t do drugs, I may be handling my success differently. I may be on drugs, I may be searching for something.” His past motivates him to be a great parent.
Many tend to overlook Hart’s dark past and the challenges he has faced, because Hart is too busy making us laugh. So Hart decided to tone down the jokes for a second, and got real about his life and experiences.
Hart’s father was a serious drug addict. In his interview he revealed that “nothing else mattered to him.”
“Heroin, coke, crack, you name it, he did it,” Hart expressed. During one of his childhood birthdays, his dad stole $20.00 someone had given to Hart as a birthday present.
Kevin Hart fans are very familiar with his father and his addiction because of the jokes that circulated around the topic. Hart’s career took off because of his openness with his fans about his life, but he insists that he isn’t one of those comedians who use humor to cope with depression.
“I’m a happy guy. You can find a positive in every negative or you can treat every negative with a negative response,” he says.
Hart credits his mother with helping the family survive his father’s drug addiction. The strength of his mother kept his family in tact. Kevin and his brother checked his father into rehab some years ago, and his father has been clean ever since. “My dad’s fine now. I never lost touch, that’s my dad. I don’t give a sh** about his mistakes,” he said.
Hart expressed that he was never angry with his dad or held a grudge, instead he held on to hope & him and his dad’s relationship. Today, Hart and his dad are better than they ever imagined.