Three months ago, Kevin Hart was involved in a horrific car crash in which he sustained “major back injuries,” and no one really knew how he would recover. If you follow Hart on social media, then you know he’s already back at work, promoting the hell out of the Jumanji sequel. But he’s also been documenting how he’s been trying to get his body back into fighting form — and it’s been inspiring to watch.
Hart was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he revealed just how far he’s come, and it almost seems like a miracle. “I am about 65 to 75 per cent back to my physical self,” Hart told DeGeneres on Wednesday. “Workouts are not full, I’m not lifting crazy weights, but I’m back to weighted workouts, agility, mobility, core workouts. I’m a little determined jackass.” Ellen pointed out that there was a time Hart couldn’t move, and he admitted that he couldn’t wipe his butt without help from others. Sure, he made light of it, but he was also dead serious, explaining how “everything changed” after coming out of back surgery. “That’s when you get to see what really matters, who really matters. Life kind of hits you in a completely different way.”
But Hart is grateful for it. He spoke about how his wife, kids, brother and mother-in-law were there for him around the clock, and how awed he was by their love for him. “This is what real love in life is,” he gushed. “And the things that you think matter, you realize don’t. Because when you’re in that room, it’s not about your level of success, it’s not about how much money you have, it’s about those individuals and who you really mean the most to and who mean the most to you.” Hart now has a completely new outlook on life, and is excited to build a new, better self.
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Rebuilding people….I’m not trying to get back to where I was…I’m trying to reach new levels of greatness….not for you guys tho…I’m trying to reach these new levels for MYSELF. I want to inspire & motivate people to challenge themselves to be great. We all have greatness within…it’s up to us to tap into it. Nobody knows what your are capable of more than YOU. I can’t wait to show ME the new levels that we are about to reach!!!! A positive mindset & positive outlook on life are all you need…….you just have to look for it. It’s a lifestyle…. @getvitahustle #LiveLoveLaugh #HustleHart
Hart’s biggest win since the accident — aside from wiping his ass, of course — was putting on socks. “When I put my socks on, it was the biggest thing in the world,” he recalled. “I ran around the house. ‘I got my socks on! You ain’t had to do it. I did it myself.’ That was the biggest thing, the biggest thing for me.”
But the best thing Hart is getting out of being in recovery mode is spending more time with his family. The Ride Along star explained how he’s “never been home for more than eight to 10 days” consecutively. Now, he’s been home for three months. He admitted they’re all getting kind of sick of him but they can’t say anything. Ha!
Hart was in the passenger seat of his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when the driver, Hart’s friend Jared Black, reportedly lost control and crashed into a ditch. Black’s fiancée, Rebecca Broxterman, was in the back and both Black and Broxterman needed to be extracted from the car. Jared suffered serious injuries; Rebecca was treated at the scene.
Two months after the accident, Hart shared an emotional video on Instagram about how his world was “forever changed.” Now, with a little more time passing and Hart coming to terms with his new normal and what matters most in this world, that change has been for the better.