Kevin Hart revealed that he actually lied to his doctors about the severity of his back pain after his near-fatal car accident in 2019, according to Fox News.
The comedian joined Joe Rogan for an episode on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and explained that after he fractured his spine in September, he was so eager to recover that he lied to his doctors about his pain levels so that he could attempt walking.
“I lied in the hospital because I didn’t want them to know that I was having pain because I thought they would stop letting me try my walks,” he told the host.
“I was a stubborn man,” he added. “I should have had the walker. I am giving the perception that it’s better than what it is.”
He spoke openly about his father’s history with drugs, which resulted in his decision to refuse pain medicine, as they can be addicting.
“So every night was a horrible night,” he said. “Every night.”
“The game is to be better, how do I be better than I was?” he told the host.
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“This ain’t about nobody else. I don’t give a f— about nobody else. I just beat me… If I can keep beating myself… if I can keep doing that, then that means that I’m in a battle with the only person that f—ing makes sense. I’m in a battle with the only person that I really want to f—ing beat and that’s me!”
“There are no bad days for me,” he concluded.
“My biggest cry in life came from the first day I came home from the hospital. Because there was an option of me never seeing that house again. There was an option of me never seeing my wife and my kids. I have no reason to be angry because I don’t have to be here.”
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Fortunately, the comedian was already a fan of physical fitness, noting that doctors told him that had he not spent years training his core, he would no doubt be paralyzed from the impact of the car accident. Because he already had a mind for physical training, he looked at the long road to recovery as a game he could play against himself.
After eight months, the star says that he’s already back to 98 percent of what he was before the accident. He notes that he’s back to running and constantly working on flexibility, which is hard given the new metal in his spine that was put in by doctors to repair it.