Kevin Hart has opened up about forgiving his father, a former drug addict, for not being a big part of his life when he was growing up.
The beloved comedy star, 39, was promoting his new movie Night School in an interview with People, when the talk turned to his dad, Henry Witherspoon, who he forgave for his past transgressions.
‘He’s my father, so no matter what, that’s not going to change,’ Hart said. ‘Regardless of my upbringing and the way I was raised and how often he was in my life, he’s my dad.’
The Central Intelligence star added: ‘I have a positive outlook on life regardless and I’m going to love you because you’re my father.’
Hart has previously discussed his father in his 2017 memoir I Can’t Make This Up, where he said his father often wasn’t around due to his drug addiction, which often landed Witherspoon in jail.
Now his father is clean and sober, Hart has forgiven him, and doesn’t judge him for the things that happened in the past.
‘I understand that nobody’s perfect, people are flawed, people make mistakes,’ says Hart. ‘I shouldn’t hold a high level of judgement over your head about things I can’t change.
Happy family: ‘He’s my father, so no matter what, that’s not going to change,’ Hart said, adding, ‘regardless of my upbringing and the way I was raised and how often he was in my life, he’s my dad’
The comedian adds: ‘I can’t go back in the past and fix this or fix that. I can only move forward, and I can only love you today and tell you to enjoy this part of your life.’
Hart acknowledges that he’s lucky enough to get to provide for his father now, at this stage in his life.
‘I’m in a position where I’m blessed and I can provide,’ says the star. ‘I can say, “Here, dad, here’s a home, here’s a car, here’s some money. Go spend time with your grandkids. Be the best grandpop…the days that you missed with me are the days that we missed, it’s fine.” I’m okay with that.’
The Hart family: Now clean and sober, Hart, seen here in 2016 at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, has forgiven his father and doesn’t judge him for the things that happened in the past.
Hart also acknowledged that most of who he grew up to be, came from his mother Nancy, who passed away from cancer in 2007. However, he admits there is something very important he learned from his dad.
‘I understand time,’ Hart said about the lesson he learned from his dad. ‘I took the mistakes that I feel that my dad may have made and instead of complaining about them, I use them to my advantage.’
He added: ‘I know what I should do, and the things that I don’t want my kids to ever feel…And the most important thing that you can give your kids is time.’
He continued: ‘Time doesn’t have to be the biggest event every day. Time is sitting on the couch, watching TV. Time is taking a walk. What I’ve learned is that the moments my kids hold on to the most, are the moments they can equate as time with their dad.’
Hart and his better half: Hart took in the Night School premiere on Monday in Los Angeles with his wife, Eniko Parrish
SOURCE: People / Daily Mail – Brian Gallagher