Kevin lied about his pain (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Kevin Hart lied about the extent of his injuries in hospital after fracturing his spine in a car accident.
The Jumanji star was involved in a horrific car accident in September 2019, when the car he was a passenger in rolled into an embankment.
He was left needing surgery and was discharged from hospital after 10 days to recover in a rehabilitation centre.
However, the 40-year-old has admitted he lied about how fast he was recovering, as he didn’t want the hospital to take away his chances to try and walk again.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Hart said: ‘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 comedian began walking without his walker after two and a half weeks, but admitted that was probably too soon.
‘I should have had the walker. 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.’
The Night School star fractured his spine from his T10 to his L1 vertebrae and now has six screws in his back after an operation to fuse his spine.
And he credits his family’s love and support with helping his recovery, after his injuries left him unable to reach the remote control.
Hart said: ‘Not being able to wipe my a** changed everything.
‘My son doubled as nurse, my daughter doubled as nurse, [my wife] Eniko doubled as it. They were there. My brother came/ That’s when the care about what was important really changed … the things that you think are important, you get to looking around at a hospital, almost four walls — none of that s*** that you think is important is in there. It’s one of these people.’
Kevin walked after two and a half weeks (Picture: Instagram/Kevin Hart)
Three weeks after the crash, Hart returned home, where he continued physical therapy, and it was an emotional moment for the actor.
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. 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.
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‘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.’
Kevin has two children, Heaven, 15, and Hendrix, 12, with ex Torrei, and five-year-old Kenzo with wife Eniko Parrish.
And in March, the couple confirmed they are expecting their second baby, a girl, together.