It may come as a shock, but Keshia Knight Pulliam, the child star from The Cosby Show who played the role of Rudy Huxtable got divorced from her husband just six months after getting married. We saw Trevor Engelson’s short married life that lasted for only two years, but Pulliam’s married life just broke its record. Let’s find out what caused the rapid breakdown of her married life.
The Reason for Sudden Divorce:
On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016, Keshia got married to the former NFL star, Ed Hartwell after a short dating period of 4 months. However, the marriage barely lasted half a year as Ed Hartwell filed for divorce on July 25, 2016, at the Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences like disagreements on a life changing decisions that couples typically make together.
Caption: Keshia Knight Pulliam is sharing first wedding kiss with ex-husband Ed Hartwell on January 1, 2016.
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The stranger thing is that Ed filed for the divorce and demanded Keshia to go under a paternity test just days after Pulliam announced on her Instagram that she is expecting a baby and was pregnant.
While she gave a surprise to her fans and loved ones, her husband added up to it as he filed for divorce within weeks of her announcement. However, she said that she was not aware of her husband's actions.
Upon digging deep, both Ed and Keshia were accusing each other of infidelity where Keshia did not have any strong reasons to hold on whereas, on the other hand, her ex-husband had plenty.
Ed explained that right after the wedding; Keshia turned aggressively fixated on having a baby that he thought she would do anything for it and suspected she did it behind his back. In an interview with Page Six, he said,
“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 did want to do.”
Caption: Ed Hartwell is revealing the reason behind the divorce.
He further showed that even though he filed for divorce six months after getting married, the marriage broke down just two months after the wedding. Keshia and her former husband had a sit down in February and discussed how their lives headed two different ways.
Hartwell, who shares a nine years old son from his previous married life with Lisa Wu wanted to build a more romantic relationship with his Keshia before thinking about having children. He stopped making love to Keshia after she insisted on having a baby and started to disappear for days without any notice and that is when Ed questioned her faithfulness.
“I can’t say she’s been unfaithful. I can say she stayed out, she does not come home, she goes out-of-town … for three days, I don’t know what’s going on. I can say that.” he continued, “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.”
Ed also denied Keshia’s allegation of infidelity on Entertainment Tonight and defended himself by accusing her of lying to make herself look better in public view. He ended the interview with Page Six saying if the child is his own, then he will love the child till death and also mentioned that he did not want to make things all public.
Keshia’s Reaction After the Divorce:
Keshia who admitted that she was unaware of the fact that her husband filed for divorce now has now moved on with her life, accompanied by her still unborn baby daughter Ella with whom she shared a sonogram image.
This has been this single most challenging year of my life. However, I wake up this Thanksgiving more grateful & in awe of God's power than ever. Thru it all this little face has kept me going & helped me tap into strength I didn't even know I possess. I am so eternally grateful for my little Ella. I would not trade any of what I have gone thru for her. She is my greatest accomplishment & joy. She has inspired my smile even thru the tears. I am so proud she has chosen me to be her mommy... #Grateful #ThereIsAlwaysARainbowAfterTheStorm #IfICanDoItSoCanYou
She was surprised with a baby shower by her friends and family a month ago and is now gracefully continuing her life saying,
“This has been this single most challenging year of my life.”
The divorce has not reached any conclusion yet, and no news about Keshia going through her paternity test is out.
My Kamp Kizzy babies completely surprised me with a beautiful shower to celebrate Ella Grace today!! I am so grateful & appreciative of all of their hard work. My heart is full. Ella has so much love... she is going to grow up wondering why everyone doesn't have 72 aunties & uncles, 60 cousins & more sisters than she can count!! Lol!! I love you all so very much... Ella & I are the world's luckiest girls to have all of you. You are my first babies & I am so proud that Ella will have so many amazing role models to look up to. #I??YouToTheMoonAndBack #KampKizzy #Grateful #YouGuysAlwaysMakeMeCry
Keshia Knight Pulliam Career and Net Worth:
Keshia Knight Pulliam has a very extensive and prolific acting career since her childhood that undoubtedly includes her starring in The Cosby Show (1984-1992) which made her the youngest ever nominated for an Emmy award. Apart from her hit contribution in the NBC sitcom, Keshia has also worked in House of Payne (2007-2012). Her other known works include Beauty Shop (2005), and Madea Goes to Jail (2009).
Her last known work was in a TV Movie 'Will to Love' in 2015. Currently, Keshia is not working at all as she has been taking care of herself and likely, will not be doing any work anytime soon. However, with a net worth of $12 million that she has gathered from all the work she has done since her childhood, taking care of herself should be pretty easy.#Edgerton Hartwell #American actress