Famous or not, sometimes it's better to expose your own secrets before someone else can beat you to it.
Chris Rock returned to the stage for his first stand-up special in a decade, "Chris Rock: Tambourine," which hit Netflix on Valentine's Day. Among the topics he discusses? The demise of his marriage, which lasted 18 years before the 2016 divorce.
"You don't wanna get divorced," Rock, calling himself a "f--king asshole," admitted to his audience. "You got somebody you love, hold tight. Commit."
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock
Chris Rock (right) and wife Malaak Compton-Rock during The 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Backstage and Audience at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Chris Rock, wife Malaak Compton-Rock and their children arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Malaak Compton-Rock, daughter Lola Simone and Chris Rock - Chris Rock Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 03/12/03, Hollywood Blvd., CA. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Malaak Compton, Chris Rock and children arrive to the 'Bee Movie' Premiere at Loews Lincoln Square on October 25, 2007 in New York. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock, Lola Rock, Zahra Rock (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Cast member Chris Rock (R) and wife Malaak Compton attend the premiere of the film "Death at a Funeral" in Los Angeles April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock during 'The Longest Yard' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend SAFE HORIZON Seventh Annual Fall Fundraiser 'IN OUR OWN WORDS: NO LAUGHING MATTER' at BB King Blues Club & Grill on November 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Rudd/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Malaak Compton and Chris Rock during 'I Think I Love My Wife' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)
NEW YORK - MAY 08: Malaak Compton and Actor Chris Rock attend Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 8, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Chris Rock and Malaak Compton attend the 'Death At A Funeral' Los Angeles Premiere at Pacific's Cinerama Dome on April 12, 2010 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock and kids attend the Philadelphia 76ers vs NY Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden on November 07, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Chris Rock & Malaak Rock attend the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremomy in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Chris Rock (L) and his wife Malaak arrive on the red carpet for the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 5, 2010. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former Beatle Paul McCartney, country music legend Merle Haggard, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman of "Hello Dolly!" fame, and dancer-choreographer-director Bill T. Jones are being honored in this year's installment of the annual lifetime achievement nods. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
US actor Chris Rock poses with his wife Malaak Compton Rock (R) and his mother Rosalie Rock (L) as they arrive to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2016. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Malaak Compton Rock (L) and comedian Chris Rock attend the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Chris Rock (R) and wife Malaak Compton-Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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It was a lesson he learned too late, Rock said, calling himself "not a good husband" to Malaak Compton, the mother of his two children. He cheated her on her multiple times, sleeping with three women while traveling for work.
"I didn't listen. I wasn't kind. I had an attitude, I thought, 'I pay for everything; I can do what I want,'" he said.
The 53-year-old also copped to a pornography addiction: "When you start watching porn, any porn will do. Then, later on, you're all f--ked up and you need a perfect porn cocktail to get you off," he mused. "Like, I needed an Asian girl with a black girl's ass that speaks Spanish just to get my d--k to move an inch."
"Chris Rock: Tambourine" was directed by Bo Burnham and is streaming on Netflix now.