Kevin Hart cheated on his wife Eniko Parrish. He officially owned up to his infidelity in a new interview with The Breakfast Club but we already knew this. If you’ve been following Kevin Hart at all this year, you know that he’s been embroiled in multiple cheating scandals. In October, he posted an Instagram video apologizing to Eniko (who was pregnant at the time) for cheating but also for being dumb enough to get caught on video – a video which was then used to extort him for money. Kevin calls out all of his stupidity in The Breakfast Club interview:
“I’m guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved, the s–t that I can’t talk about, I’m guilty. I’m wrong… It’s beyond irresponsible. There’s no way around it. That’s Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment. That’s not the finest hour of my life. With that being said, you make your bed you lay in it.”
Aside from the annoying third person reference, this excerpt is not bad. It’s hard to rage against someone who repeatedly admits they f-cked up and takes full responsibility, especially when it comes to infidelity. Kevin says, “I’M WRONG” multiple times. When Charlamagne asks Kevin what he was thinking when he cheated on his PREGNANT WIFE, here’s what he said:
“You can’t even say what were you thinking? You weren’t thinking… You don’t plan to f-ck up. You f-ck up, and then you go, ‘Oh sh-t, I f-cked up’ … I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna address it, I’m gonna make my wife fully aware of what’s going on in the situation that I have now put us in and I’m hoping that she has a heart to where she can forgive me and understand that this is not going to be a reoccurring thing and allow me to recover from my f-cking massive mistake. That’s what I’m trying to do not only as a man, but within teaching a lesson to my son.”
We’ve written a lot this year about Jay-Z’s 4:44. It’s Jay-Z’s apology album. It’s his version of what Kevin does in this interview. The difference is Jay-Z has never sounded like Beyoncé owed him her forgiveness. If Kevin had left it at the quotes above, I’d still think he was a sh-tty person but I’d be more willing to applaud his candor and contrition and move on. In 4:44, Jay-Z challenges the antiquated notions of masculinity and the psychology behind infidelity. In this interview, Kevin Hart does a lot of explaining why he cheated, sh-tting on his first marriage, during which he also cheated, and proclaiming he’s a changed man. At certain points, Charlamagne Tha God and his co-host DJ Envy, who both admit to cheating on their partners, laugh hysterically at their situations. Granted, Kevin is a comedian and he injects humour into every conversation but when you’re owning up to cheating on your PREGNANT WIFE (I will not get over this), is laughing at the expense of her pain really the best look? To me, it felt like a group of guys justifying cheating with “hey, we all do it!” and laughing about how to fix the relationship after the fact. Call me old fashioned but I don’t think cheating should be an inevitable part of any relationship. And if this were three women sitting around joking about infidelity, I don’t think the response would be so positive.
I’ve read a lot of takes on this Kevin Hart interview that celebrate his honesty. It’s not lost on me the importance of a man admitting to his failures and pledging to do better. It helps that Kevin Hart is charming AF. You want to like him, no matter how problematic he may be. So, here’s what I can’t shake: where’s the consequence? Kevin Hart is fine. This scandal has not jeopardized his career and has barely affected his reputation. Maybe this would have been a bigger deal in a year when the Hollywood Predator Advent Calendar didn’t exist but it feels like everyone is going to forget about this in a week when Jumanji comes out it’ll all be about The Rock and Kevin Hart’s bromance. Eniko Parrish has forgiven her husband as is her right. Maybe that’s why Kevin Hart has been so relatively unscathed by this whole mess. It’s hard to rage against a guy who’s admitting he f-cked up AND who has a wife posting things like thing on Instagram.
You can watch the full Breakfast Club interview below.