Kevin Hart Says He Is Grateful For His Ex-Drug Addict Dad

By May Wilkerson 01/15/16

The Ride Along 2 actor talked about his father's struggle on The Howard Stern Show.

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Comedian and actor Kevin Hart opened up on The Howard Stern Show this week about growing up with a drug-addicted father, and said he is ultimately grateful for his childhood struggles. "Heroin, coke, crack, you name it, he did it," said Hart of his father, "nothing else mattered [to him]." The Ride Along 2 star recalled his dad once stealing $20 someone had given him as a gift.

But Hart said he wouldn’t change anything about his difficult childhood because it helped him cope with the pressures of stardom. "I wouldn't change it one bit," he told Stern. "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."

Hart credits his mom, a computer analyst at the University of Pennsylvania, with helping the family survive his father’s addiction and with keeping him and his brother “off the streets."

"The reason I am the way I am is because my mom was strong," he said, adding that she stressed the importance of education and encouraged Hart and his brother to work hard in school.

The comedian also credits his older brother for being a role model and stand-in father figure. Hart says a family intervention finally helped his dad go to rehab and get clean. "As a team we said, look we can get Dad straight," he says. In rehab, his father met a woman who “turned his life around and helped him stay clean and right now he’s all about clean living.”

Despite his tumultuous past, Hart doesn’t hold a grudge. "My dad's fine now," Hart told the talk show host. "I never lost touch, that's my dad. I don't give a shit about his mistakes." He also says his experiences growing up have helped him be a better father to his own kids. "The way I look at it now, I'm such a great father because I don’t want to make the mistakes that my dad made.”

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