'The Other Version Of Myself Died In That Moment': Kevin Hart Opens Up About Horror Crash
Kevin Hart has opened up about how his life has changed following the horror crash in September last year that nearly claimed his life and left him with three spine fractures.
Speaking to Men's Health, the comedian spoke about how his perspective on life had shifted since the accident, saying that he was "not trying to get back to where I was before -- I want to be better than before."
He continued, "It’s a resurrection. That’s the best way for me to put it. I feel like the other version of myself died in that moment and this new version was born to understand and to do better. Sometimes you’re not going to get it when you’re supposed to get it. But when it comes and that light bulb goes off, holy f**k.
"That’s the best way for me to put it. I feel like the other version of myself died in that moment and this new version was born to understand and to do better.”
"It all boiled down to four walls. And in the space of those four walls was my wife and my brother, my kids and my friends, all on rotation," he said of his wife, Eniko, and children, Heaven, 14, Hendrix, 12, and Kenzo, 2.
"And I got a chance to think about what matters, and it’s not fame. It’s not money. It’s not jewelry, cars, or watches. What matters are relationships. You know, the people that were helping me get up and out of the bed."
It was certainly a close call for the 40 year old, who endured major surgery and was told by doctors that he would have been left paralysed if his spinal fractures had been a quarter of a centimetre in one direction.
Post-accident recovery was a difficult path for Hart. “I could not f**king move. I could not wipe my a*s,” Hart said in November of his recovery.
“I literally I couldn’t do none of that.”
He added, “So there I was, hiding in my closet, trying to put my socks on. One morning I got to walk out and declare, ‘I put my socks on!’ Goddamn, that was a big day!”
But despite the gruelling rehabilitation and recovery following the crash, the experience has lead the star to focus on what matters most in his life.
"I’m sitting with the kids before and after dinner. We are doing taco Tuesdays, Mexican-food Thursdays, Chinese-food Sundays," he explained. "We got movie night twice a week. Now I’m walking my f**king dog. I’m picking up dog s**t."
"I’m saying make sure you’re implementing the same amount of time and energy into being present for what matters," Hart added.
"Because when s**t hits the fan, you’re going to realise that the things that matter are all you truly care about. Nothing else f**king matters."