Kevin Hart opens up about repairing his relationship with his father: 'I don't have time to be angry'


Kevin Hart has made peace with his father.

The 37-year-old comedian -- who often talks about his complicated relationship with his dad, Henry Witherspoon, in his stand-up routines -- opened up about where they stand now during his appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday. Hart talked about his healthy relationship with his own kids, and how his father shaped how he is as a parent.

"My kids think I'm dope!" Hart said, referring to his 12-year-old daughter Heaven and 9-year-old son Hendrix with his first wife, Torrei. "And that's what makes me happy, like, my kids actually think I'm the coolest dad on the planet. ... I know why I am the way that I am, my dad has a lot to do with that -- the mistakes that my dad made, you know, the decisions to do drugs, being in and out of jail, in and out of our lives. I saw firsthand what not being present did and because of that, I now know what being present means. I know what that can do, I know what effect it can have on your child coming up."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Kevin Hart promotes his new book, 'I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Actors Kevin Hart and Kate Mara pose for a photo at the SiriusXM Studios on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kevin Hart speaks during the ' Kevin Hart LiveQ and A at BookCon 2017 at Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kevin Hart attends a meet and greet during the BookCon 2017 at Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02: Comedian Kevin Hart performs on the Colossal Stage during the 2017 Colossal Clusterfest at Civic Center Plaza and The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 2, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 1: Jay-Z and Kevin Hart are seen at the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Honoree actor/comedian Kevin Hart receives the Anne d'Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence during the 32nd Annual Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration at Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Actor Ed Helms (L) and actor/comedian Kevin Hart present an award during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Actor Kevin Hart arrives at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on May 21, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Actor Kevin Hart and his son Hendrix Hart arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on May 21, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart arrives at the Rehab Beach Club pool party grand opening weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 20: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart is seen arriving to a surprise appearance at Punch Line Philly Comedy club to test out new material for his upcoming comedy tour on March 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Ron 'Boss' Everline and Kevin Hart attend the 'Move with Hart' training sessions at Rumble Boxing on March 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Kevin Hart backstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Heaven Hart, actor Kevin Hart and Hendrix Hart at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart attend Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Eniko Parrish, actor Kevin Hart, TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, and actress Portia de Rossi attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
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Hart says he and his dad have actually mended their relationship.

"Now, I was strong enough to deal with it coming up because I have a different attitude, I'm a positive guy," he said of his difficult childhood. "I choose to go positive instead of negative a lot and because of that, my relationship with my dad is amazing now! And my dad understands how I feel and how I look at things, and now my dad is focusing on being the best grandparent that he possibly can."

"I think there's a choice," he added. "You always have a choice to make. My thing is, I don't have time to be angry. You know how much time it takes to hold a attitude and a grudge? That's time and energy! I don't have that time! The time that it takes you to go, 'I don't like that person,' and keep that in you ... over a period of time, that's a lot of time that could be devoted to something positive. I choose positive because overall, positive will always beat negative."

Hart is currently expecting his first child with wife Eniko Parrish, a baby boy.

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ET spoke with Hart at the Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie premiere last month, where he hilariously talked about getting a little too into his kids' soccer games.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm a little loud out there sometimes but it's worth it," he said. "Both of my kids are amazing out there on the field, and they need to feel that love from their dad."

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