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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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