Kevin Hart opened up on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Monday about the serious 2019 car wreck that left him requiring back surgery.
Back in September, the actor and comedian was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled into an embankment in Malibu Hills, California, leaving him with major back injuries that required a 10 day stay in the hospital and a stint in a rehabilitation facility. The “Laugh at My Pain” comedian revealed how difficult it was during his first day home from the hospital.
“My biggest cry in life came from the first day that I came home from the hospital, because I never had to see that house again,” Hart said. “Like there was an option of me never seeing that home again. There was an option of me never walking on that driveway again. There was an option of me never seeing my wife and my kids again.”
Hart also opened up about early stages of his recovery, which he confessed that he was not honest about the extent of his injuries, attempting to keep a brave face for the public and medical staff. In fact, the 40-year-old got even more candid, saying that he wasn’t even “able to wipe my a—.” He disclosed to Rogan that by the seventh day in the hospital, he was utilizing a walker with primarily his upper body supporting his lower body, while leading his care team to believe that his legs were doing most of the work. Ultimately, it required two and a half weeks for him to begin walking without the walker.
“I lied in the hospital because I didn’t want them to know that I was having pain, because I thought that they were gonna stop me from letting me continue to try my walks,” he said. He added, “I’m giving the perception that it’s better than what it is, and I had the back brace on.”
Hart also revealed how his family selflessly rallied around him when he came home, stepping up in their new roles as caregivers.
“My son doubled as nurse, my daughter doubled as nurse, [my wife] Eniko doubled as it. My brother came. That’s when the care about what was important really changed … the things that you think are important, you get to looking around at a hospital, almost four walls — none of that s— that you think is important is in there. It’s one of these people.”
As he and wife Eniko await the arrival of their second child together, a baby girl, Hart expressed his newfound appreciation for his family and his life.
“It’s not until you get close to that light that you truly respect, that I respect that there are no bad days. Miss me with any bulls—. I’m smiling because I have no reason to be angry because I don’t have to be here.”