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Kevin Hart reflects on ‘eye-opening’ crash, says pandemic let him ‘truly tap into fatherhood’

  • January 26, 2021

Kevin Hart, his wife and four kids inside together – and he says it’s given him a new appreciation for his family.

In an interview with USA TODAY Monday, the comedian, 41, said lockdown “shined a light” on his loved ones and gave him the time to reconnect with them.

“Through the pandemic, I was able to truly tap into fatherhood. Tap into the role of a husband more, because I’ve never been home this long ever. Ever! Because of my job, I’ve never been home for this many weeks – or weeks, period,” he said. “Never have I been able to eat dinner with my family and talk to my family as much as I’ve been able to through the course of this pandemic, and it made me just realize some of the things that I missed, some of the things that I didn’t put as much value on that I probably should.”

Hart, who is collaborating with the meditation app Headspace for a series of mindfulness-focused content, says his family has adjusted to the challenges of quarantine by sticking together.

“The way for me and my family to adjust was to just lean on one another in this time and try our best to be supportive of one another and try our best to be aware of each other’s minds – constantly checking in, ‘How you doing? You OK? How you feeling? If it’s down, well what can we do to pick it up?’ ” he said. “It was just making sure that we were all engaging and not giving one another an opportunity to fall down or slip and fall through the cracks.” 

Actor Kevin Hart (R), his wife Eniko Parish (L) and children Hendrix, Heaven and Kenzo walk the carpet at the 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' premiere in Westwood, California, on June 2, 2019.

Hart, whose Headspace collab includes a “Meditate With Me” episode and “Mindful Runs” interactive where viewers are guided on a virtual run with the comedian, says his kids have also taken part in his fitness routines. Son Hendrix, 13, accompanies him on morning workouts before virtual school in the morning, and his daughter Heaven, 15, joins in at times as well.

“I normally start at about 5:00, 5:30, and he just started saying, ‘I want to get up, I want to work out with you, dad,’” Hart explained, adding that his kids’ interest in health is something he’s “extremely proud of them for.”

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