recently opened up about how he dealt with the aftermath of his cheating scandal in 2017 with his teenage daughter, Heaven.
During a sit-down interview
on Sunday with Will Smith
, who took over as host for “Red Table Talk
” for a Father’s Day special, the comedian
discussed his previous conversations with his 16-year-old. The Facebook Watch
series is usually hosted by Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith
, the couple’s daughter, Willow Smith
, and Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris.
Hart told Smith that he had to work
to regain custody of his "daughter" after it was revealed that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Eniko Hart, while she was pregnant with their first child, Kenzo, who is now three years old.
Hart and Eniko Hart have an 8-month-old daughter named Kaori, and the comedian has two other children
with his ex-wife, Torrei Hart: Heaven and Hendrix, both 14 years old.
“When my wife and I went through what we went through, and the whole cheating display, my conversation with Heaven... God damn, God damn... that was one like no other,” Hart said. “Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I was sorry, that I made a mistake, that was real.”
“Until this day, until this day, my daughter is tough on me,” he later added.
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Hart later added that his daughter struggled with the controversy surrounding his Oscars
hosting gig in December 2018. The comedian's old homophobic tweets and jokes
had resurfaced online shortly after it was announced he would host the 2019 Academy Awards
Hart later apologized to the LGBTQ
community and stepped down from his hosting gig after refusing to apologize on the day his previous remarks were revealed, saying he had addressed those comments in years past. He later reflected on his poor handling of the situation, telling Men's Health
last year, "I did fuck up."
Hart admitted to Smith that his daughter was "so upset" about the situation.
“My daughter was so upset because she couldn’t understand how people
could think this about her father,” he said, adding, “It was so difficult because this is when I realized how my fame affects my household.”
Eniko Hart previously addressed the comedian's past infidelity
in a Netflix documentary
series titled "Kevin Hart: Don't F**k This Up," which premiered in 2019.
“It was a lot for me, but we’ve been through it, we’ve gone through it, we’re past it, and he’s a better man as a result,” she said.
Hart stars in "Fatherhood," a new Netflix film that was released on Friday.