“From ages two through eight my dad did what he could before his addiction got out of hand and he disappeared,” Hart said. “The way I see it is things happen for a reason. If my dad hadn’t been around and didn’t do drugs, I may be handling my success differently. I may be on drugs; I may be searching for something.”
After Hart explained how seeing his dad stumble made him “such a great father” to his own son and daughter, the actor thanked his late mother for keeping him and his older brother out of trouble.
“My mom was such a strong woman. She said, ‘Look, regardless of whatever your father’s doing and where he is, I have a job to do raising you, you’re going do what you’re supposed to do and you’re going to grow up to be two intelligent men’ with me and my brother,” Hart said. “School was of the importance, and then with our neighborhood, it wasn’t a good neighborhood, she kept me off the streets. I applaud my mother. Rest in peace.”
Hart later said his relationship with his father couldn’t be better now. “My dad’s fine now. I never lost touch, that’s my dad,” the Philadelphia native said. “I don’t give a shit about his mistakes. That’s my dad. I bought my dad a house. He’s drug free.”
Kevin Hart’s new film Ride Along 2 opens everywhere January 15.
Listen to his interview in the clip below. [Warning: Contains graphic language.]