We know divorce can be a nasty and ugly business, but usually it takes time for the pitfalls of the marriage to be revealed to the public. This definitely is not the case with Ed Hartwell and Keshia Knight Pulliam’s pending divorce! Both parties are laying it all out on the table and pulling out their big guns. Keshia has now filed divorce documents of her own, following Ed’s earlier this week.
Keshia’s asking for all assets she acquired during their marriage — which is interesting considering most couples split assets accumulated during a marriage.
Keshia also makes a point to demand she be awarded all property and assets she had before the two married, which includes even more ‘Cosby’ cash.
And get this … in Ed’s divorce filing, he stated they had no kids, but Keshia makes it a point to say a child IS expected of the marriage. In other words … Ed’s the daddy.
She also did a tear jerking interview with Entertainment Tonight last night, read the excerpt and watch the full interview below:
“I don’t know if it’s the hormones… no, it’s all of it, because it’s fresh,” Pulliam tells ET’s Nischelle Turner, fighting back tears. “And it’s hurtful. And I knew I couldn’t be silent, because this isn’t about money. This isn’t about fame. This isn’t about social media likes or follows. This is about my character — my integrity as a woman being attacked — and that’s not OK.”
Pulliam says she was given no warning and was blindsided when Hartwell, 38, told her he had filed for divorce. The Cosby Show star says she has never cheated on Hartwell, but alleges that he had been unfaithful during their marriage — and that she was actually the one who wanted to get a divorce before deciding to give him another chance.
“Early on in my marriage when I was faced with this, I was ready to leave. It’s not OK,” Pulliam says. “In the process, I found out I was pregnant. And I had to take another hard look and decide if I wanted to try to work through this and forgive him for the sake of the child. Like, I had divorce papers ready. I presented it to him. … Once I was pregnant I did decide to give him that one last chance.”
“The part that hurt me the most when he filed for divorce was that he had asked me to give him another chance, and I was willing to do that and forgive him, for our family,” she claims.
Pulliam says that having children was always a plan for the both of them. The former linebacker is already a father to his 9-year-old son, Ed Jr., with his ex-wife, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu.
“We both wanted to get married, I was not pushing it,” she says of their New Year’s Eve wedding. ” … This is his baby. He wanted more children. He was excited once he found out that we were having a little girl. There was never a question about that. … No point after we got pregnant was there an issue of the fact that we’re having a baby.”
Pulliam now has “no desire” to still be married to Hartwell, but instead, wants to focus on their child.
“There’s a baby in the middle of this!” she stresses. “And regardless, if we don’t want to be married, that’s fine, because we agree on that. But this baby is what’s important, and I feel like that’s being lost.”
The actress says she hasn’t been in touch with Hartwell.
“There’s nothing to say at this point,” she explains. “They can discuss that through attorneys. I have to move forward. I have to do what I need to to release the hurt, to release this, and to be happy for me and my baby girl, because the stress isn’t good. The stress isn’t healthy. And my only priority is her.”
Pulliam says she trusts that “time will always tell the truth.”
“You can be a cat in the sandbox and try to cover that up as much as you want. Truth prevails,” she says.” I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t cheat on my husband. I didn’t do it. It’s really that simple.”
Pulliam gets emotional when asked if she still loves Hartwell.
“I love who he pretended to be,” she says. “I love who he portrayed himself as, and the one mistake I made was, when he showed me who he really was, not believing him. Not believing him the first time. When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family — I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”
Well that’s one side of the story, and now Ed has reportedly told his to Page Six, doing an interview of his own.
via Page Six:
Hartwell, who married “Cosby Show” star Knight Pulliam, 37, on January 1 after dating for four months, said that they stopped having sex once the romance soured — but claims she was so fixated on getting pregnant he suspects she went behind his back to do it.
He told us that after they wed, “she wanted a baby really fast, and what I was trying to explain to her was that — from my beliefs, from seeing other successful people — that when you first get married, especially since we didn’t have a long courtship, that we should actually focus on each other and not just have a baby. That’s something she really did want to do.”
Hartwell added that in February he “had a sit-down” with his wife, who became the youngest-ever winner of an Emmy award for her role as Rudy Huxtable on the once-beloved NBC show.
“I said, ‘I think we probably messed up. I think we moved too fast,’” he told us, “‘Our lives and wants are headed two different directions.’”
During the heart-to-heart Hartwell confessed that his ex, whom he dated for four years, had “lost a baby” and it made him realize he still “cared about her.” Knight Pulliam was so upset after Hartwell’s admission that she virtually disappeared from his life.
“[Knight Pulliam] wasn’t mad that I still cared about her,” Hartwell, who played for the Baltimore Ravens, said. “All she was a mad about was, ‘You don’t want to have a baby, but you’re mad about her baby. You can’t talk to her 13-year-old daughter. And there was a big fall-out.”
Hartwell added that his wife fled to visit a spiritualist and “started going out with friends all the time and not telling me when she was coming home or sometimes not coming home at all.”
After the confrontation, Hartwell — who has a 9-year-old son, Ed Jr. with his ex-wife, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Lisa Wu — says Knight Pulliam was willing to have a baby by any means possible, through in vitro, adoption or naturally.
“What I learned about her is that if she wants something, she wants it now and she’s going to go get it. That’s one of the reasons we actually stopped having sex,” he said.
The former linebacker, who has asked for a paternity test for Knight Pulliam’s unborn child, moved out of the house, and was surprised to discover Knight Pulliam was pregnant — but returned home to support her.
“As time kept going past and the days went past, some things just weren’t adding up. So for me it’s not me saying she’s a bad person,” he said. “She wants what she wants, I want what I want: she wants a baby, I want to find love and happiness. But at the end of the day, I think if things don’t add up, I think it’s fair for me, if things don’t add up, to want a test.”
“I can’t say she’s been unfaithful. I can say she’s stayed out, she’s not came home, she’s went out-of-town … for three days, I don’t know what’s going on. I can say that,” he said. “I can’t say she was unfaithful. I can say she wanted to get in vitro, I can say she wanted to do some things to make sure she got pregnant. I just want to make sure it is mine.”
Meanwhile, he denied allegations made by his soon-to-be-ex wife on “Entertainment Tonight” on Wednesday night that he cheated on her, and accused her of stretching the truth to make herself look better.
“One thing I have found out about her — and it’s not to bash her — is that she can tell a half-truth to make sure that she seems like, I don’t want to say the victim,” he said. “But that she’s the one that’s right.”
This whole thing is “messy boots,” as the Atlanta kidz like to say! Ed and Keshia need to hurry up and resolve this and figure out how to co-parent. Let go and Let God!