Kevin Hart reflects on how 2019 car crash changed him: ‘I really almost died’
Kevin Hart got a new perspective on life after his Fatal car accident in 2019, who shares that there is a “point of no return” when it comes to the toxicity that fame can bring to a human being. His near-death experience saved him from that.
“The biggest drug, it’s not cocaine, it’s not heroin, it’s not molly or opioids. The biggest drug is fame,” he said during an episode of Jay Shetty Intentionally podcast. “It’s a drug that makes you feel powerful and anywhere you go, anything you want, anything you want, it’s a thing, and if you can’t handle that thing, is.” the consequences involved in removing this thing are grave.”
The 43-year-old comedian said that “no one prepares you for the world of fame,” which can leave someone “shocked” when they reach their peak. “You speak of glory, you speak of power and this idea of invincibility,” he said.
This is exactly how he felt before he was in a car accident that left him with multiple fractures in his spine, requiring surgery and eventually relying on a rehabilitation facility to regain his strength.
“The reality of that was significant. I really almost died,” he explained, noting that the worst-case scenario would have been to leave his wife and children. “I didn’t even have everything selected in case what I said was going to happen. ‘Cause I’m out here, just roaming around. I’m out here living aimlessly and moving so fast I have yet to grasp the true concept and reality of responsibility. Let me put my responsibilities in order immediately.”
Hart went on to say, “There’s nothing more humbling than a quiet room,” as he reflected on the silence and fear that surrounded his hospital stay.
“Fame is great, the lights are great. ‘Kevin Hart, Kevin Hart, Kevin Hart, number one, number one, number one.’ [But] I was in this room with my goddamn wife, my brother and my kids,” he said. “What really matters? That’s when my mindset started to change.”
Hart previously referred to this moment as “resurrection” in his first interview after the accident men health in February 2020. In his last conversation, he told Shetty how much of his life is dedicated to making sure his career doesn’t become a barrier to spending time with loved ones.
“The way I approach myself and work on myself has to be different,” he said. “Boy you better lay your hands on these people and make sure you give yourself the time you promised when you were in the Time of Solace.”
While recognizing that he can still be described as a workaholic, the actor emphasized the role that confidence now plays in his life and how this is driving him to not only move forward, but also to think about the things he deserves once held granted.
“For me it was about personal growth after that accident and still trying, man. It’s the biggest fight. The biggest struggle is just always doing the right thing,” he explained. “It’s this level of awareness that I didn’t have before the accident. I was a thousand miles an hour and not that I’m not still moving fast, but I look out my periphery, I look at my rear view mirrors and slow down, I stop, I sleep. That’s a difference.”
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