Torrei Hart is in a great place. The businesswoman and mother of two’s life was once fodder for the tabloid mill after her split from her ex-husband, comedian and actor Kevin Hart, but now she’s loving life.

It didn’t come easy, however. After her very public split from Kevin in 2011, Torrei said she battled depression and suicidal thoughts.

“These were moments like right around where, of course, when Kevin went public with Eniko at the time. You know, it was hard for me to see that because, you know, that was my husband, that was my family, and to see him move on and so publicly, that was hard for me. So there were days I didn’t want to get out of bed, there were days when I didn’t want to go on and I was like well what do I need to live for?” she said.

Though she was heartbroken about losing her marriage, Torrei said she was able to overcome it through help from her family, focusing on her children, and of course, loving herself.

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“There was a time I had to do a lot of self-help on myself and self-love to get my happy back because I was doing my artistry, but I was depressed, I was sad, and so that wasn’t energy I wanted to put out to the universe,” she said in a recent interview. “I had to go from hell to happy and get Torrei back and find Torrei again.”

During the chat, Torrei, who owns Heavenly Hart Hair Care, also explained how she and Kevin make their co-parenting relationship work. Though Torrei and Eniko had a minor public dustup last year, she said they all ultimately decided to get along for the sake of the kids, which includes Kevin and Eniko’s new baby, Kenzo.  

“I look at it like this – my kids, Kevin and Eniko’s baby, Kenzo, who I just actually had the chance to meet, and he’s so beautiful! He melted my little heart; he really melted my heart. So that’s number one, babies always bring joy,” she explained. “Number two, he’s now related to my kids, so when I see that my kids have a sibling and it’s family. Listen, at the end of the day, things happen. What happened was in the past, I’m so far removed from what happened years ago. I’ve done too much to get in a happy place to let anything steal my joy.”

While Torrei’s had her challenges, she said one thing she loves is serving as an inspiration to other women who’ve been through similar situations.

“I inspire a lot of women who go through bad breakups, who go through divorces – they have problems in life, I show them that you can always bounce back from anything,” she said. “So I actually look at it as motivation, and if you never go through bad times, you’ll never know the good, so it’s more so inspiring and inspirational for me, and I’m always up for a challenge so I don’t mind, at all.”