Kevin Hart is opening up about that terrifying car crash and what his life has been like since. Late Tuesday night, the comedian and movie star, 40, shared a video to Instagram documenting the grueling recovery process he’s been undergoing following the accident in early September.
His video comes a week after the actor was spotted out in public for the first time since the incident, as he and pal rapper JAY-Z joined other high-rollers for a three-hour poker game at Beverly Hills hotspot Avra.
“Basically what you realize is that you’re not in control. No matter how much you think you’re in control, you’re not in control,” Hart said at the top of the video, as footage of the totaled vehicle played. “At the end of the day, it can all be over.”
From there, cameras captured Hart bedridden after his operation. Text appeared in the clip reading, “My world was forever changed.”
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As previously reported Hart had to undergo emergency back surgery after his 1970 Plymouth Baraccuda veered off Mulhulland Blvd into a ditch. The driver Jared Black also sustained injuries and had to be airlifted to UCLA Medical Center.
The footage, shot over a series of weeks, shows hospital nurses helping Hart stand for the first time (with the aid of a walker). Those first steps slowly later became physical therapy sessions and eventually, full-blown workouts — with a smiling, laughing Hart appearing stronger than ever.
Throughout the video, Hart shared valuable reflections about life.
“When God talks, you gotta listen,” he explained in his video. “I swear, life is funny. Because some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things that you needed the most. And in this case, I honestly feel like God basically told me to sit down. When you’re moving too fast and doing too much, sometimes you can’t see the things that you’re meant to see. But after my accident I see things differently, I see life from a whole new perspective.”
“My appreciation for life is through the roof,” he added — stressing, “Don’t take today for granted because tomorrow is not promised.”
The Night School actor went on to express gratitude for the people in his life.
“I’m thankful for my family, and my friends,” he said. “I’m thankful for the people that simply ride with me and have been with me because you stood by me. My fans, I’m thankful for all of your love and support.”
“More importantly, I’m thankful for God,” Hart continued. “I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful for simply still being here.”
At the end of the clip, doctors told Hart that it will take him a year before he makes a full recovery — and he appeared to have the patience to get there.
“Whatever it is, I’m not disrespecting the time. I’m not in a rush,” he stressed, adding that he was on, “the road to being a bigger and better version of me.”
“I’m looking forward to an amazing 2020,” Hart concluded.
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