Kevin Hart admits he 'lied' about the severity of his injuries and horrific pain after terrifying car crash
KEVIN Hart has admitted that he lied about the extent of his injuries in hospital following his horrifying car crash in September 2019.
The comedian, 40, fractured his spine when the vintage-style muscle car he was a passenger lost control, rolled into an embankment and smashed into a tree near Malibu.
The Jumanji actor fractured his spine from his T10 to his L1 vertebrae in the September 1 crash, which authorities blamed on reckless driving, and now has six screws in his back after an operation to fuse his spine.
He was hospitalized for 10 days before entering an inpatient rehab facility for physical therapy.
Now eight months on, Kevin revealed he lied about how fast he was recovering in fear the hospital would take away his chances to try and walk again.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Hart shared: "I lied in the hospital because I didn’t want them to know that I was having pain, because I thought that they were gonna stop me from letting me continue to try my walks.
"It was like day seven in the hospital, I had the walker, and it was slow walks but I was dragging.
"It was upper body, and I was masking it as if I was… feet, because I didn’t want to stop trying."
The Upside star began walking without a walker after two and a half weeks, but said that was probably too soon.
"I should have had the walker," he said. "I'm giving the perception that it’s better than what it is, and I had the back brace on.
"I don’t want you to worry."
Hart then returned to his home three weeks following the near-fatal crash and continued physical therapy.
However, Kevin admitted returning to the house that he shares with his wife Eniko Parrish and his three children was an emotional moment.
He told Rogan: "My biggest cry in life came from the first day that I came home from the hospital, because I never had to see that house again.
"Like there was an option of me never seeing that home again. There was an option of me never walking on that driveway again.
Adding: "There was an option of me never seeing my wife and my kids again. It wasn’t like a build-up cry – it was pull up, get out, feet touch the ground, what the f*** just came over me, boo hoo.
"Like, what the f***, what just happened. By the way, a painful cry, because my back was f***ed up."
"It's not until you get close to that light that you truly respect, that I respect that there are no bad days. Miss me with any bulls***. I’m smiling because I have no reason to be angry because I don’t have to be here."
In November, Kevin said he feels like a "different version" of himself following the horrific car crash that almost claimed his life.
On his SiriusXM radio show Straight From the Hart, the funnyman told how the near-fatal accident gave him a greater appreciation for his loved ones.
Hart revealed that his wife Eniko Parrish had to help him in the bathroom during the "humbling" recovery process.
"I could not f**king move," he said. "I literally I couldn't do none of that."
Hart made his triumphant return to the stage at the People's Choice Awards, where he received a standing ovation as he accepted the award for Comedy Act 2019.
Kevin has two children, Heaven, 15, and Hendrix, 12, with ex Torrei, and five-year-old Kenzo with wife Eniko Parrish, who is expecting their second child, a baby girl.
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