Kevin Hart knows all about mercy. In a new interview with People Magazine, the legendary comic spoke about the complications that come with fame, and how his wife, Eniko, forgave his transgressions of the last year.
Moreover, Hart found it in his heart to forgive his own father, who he believed wronged him for so many years. The 39-year-old, who spoke about his father extensively in his 2017 memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, said that no matter what, Henry Witherspoon will always be his dad.
According to the long-time comedian, Witherspoon wasn’t always around for him when he was growing up because he had a bad drug addiction and was often in jail. And when his father was around, those moments were more negative than anything, leaving the comic with a bad taste in his mouth.
However, his father has since grown up and has moved past his old lifestyle, and Kevin no longer looks at him with contempt. Hart said that he understands “that’s nobody’s perfect,” and individuals of all shapes and sizes are “flawed,” and they “make mistakes.”
Hart added that he can’t go back in time to fix things, he can only work at the present moment; “I can only love you today.” These days, Kevin’s father, Henry, is in a much better position and has the tools to get quality time in with his son. Kevin, the husband of Eniko Parrish, said he’s in a fortunate enough situation to be able to give his father whatever he needs.
With all of that said, Kevin says he gets most of his positive personality traits from his mother, Nancy, who passed away back in 2007. Nonetheless, he can admit that he learned a crucial lesson from his father.
Kevin said he learned to use his father’s mistakes as a learning experience, and as an advantage. He understands that the most important thing he can do is to spend time with your children and care for them.