Kevin Hart Didn't Understand The Definition Of Marriage The First Time Around

In the June issue of ESSENCE, the comedian opened up to us about what he learned from his first marriage. 

Kevin Hart has done a whole lot of growing up over the years. The Philadelphia native — who’s small in size but huge in talent and heart — has become a powerhouse in the comedy space, bringing in millions of dollars from film and television projects.

But along the way, he and ex-wife Torrei Hart broke up, making for media headlines and tension between the two.

Six years after they officially divorced — and with the co-parenting and mutual respect mastered — the father of two (with one on the way) has some clarity on the marriage that went south.

“The greatest lesson I learned is that you can be too young to understand,” he said in the ESSENCE June issue. “I think the lack of experience, knowledge and respect I had in the first marriage were the reasons for the downfall. Not really understanding the definition of marriage, not really taking it seriously. I was 22 when we got married, and it’s a big thing.”

Newly married and expecting his third child with wife Eniko Parrish, the 37-year-old is more cognizant on how he treats the people in his life. 

“Yes, your homes may get bigger; you may get some new toys. But I focus on keeping a clear head, understanding that nothing is guaranteed, that stuff can change in the blink of an eye.”

Read the full interview with Kevin Hart and an excerpt from his book, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, in the June 2017 issue of ESSENCE Magazine. 

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[MUSIC] Why a book? Why not? Me saying I Can't Make This Up, Life Lessons by Kevin Hart, this It's truth in that, I think outside of the comedy there's another level to me that exists that it's time that people. People learn about. This guy is a person who is flawed to a certain degree but who embraces them, who is built off of it. And ultimately became the man that he is today. I think the hardest think to honestly share in my book was the in-depth relationship with me and my parents. Really Really, really going outside of the frame. Opening up about these frames, putting them in my book, being brutally honest about it was just something that I felt was necessary, something that I felt in my fan base would respect and I pride myself on spreading positivity. And positivity and no way, shape or form should ever be misconceived to be perfection. You're a person who just lives and loves energy, and I give it to get it. And I think this book is putting myself out there in a way to receive more of it. And hopefully that energy comes hand over fist. [MUSIC]