Although Chris Rock has been pretty open in recent months about his divorce and the reasons behind it, the stand-up is completely transparent in his first televised special in 10 years.
In Netflix special Chris Rock: Tamborine, the Brooklyn native admits the demise of his 16-year-marriage to Malaak Compton falls completely on his shoulders, admitting that his fame-fed ego led him to step out on the mother of his children with three different women while touring the country.
“It’s f*cked up. When guys cheat, it’s like we want something new,” Rock says in his special. “But then you know what happens? Your woman finds out, and now she’s new. She is never the same again. So now you have new, but you have a bad new.”
After going through a custody battle over daughters Zahra and Lola and losing a good a nice chunk of income in the divorce, Rock concludes that he “brought this sh*t on myself. Nobody told me to go hoe up!”
“It’s my fault, because I’m a f*cking asshole. I didn’t listen. I wasn’t kind. I had an attitude. I thought, ‘I pay for everything, I can do what I want.’ That sh*t don’t f*cking work! I just thought I was the sh*t.”
The funny man predicted how most women would react to his admission, knowing they’d be disappointed since he always came off as a decent guy. You know, one of the good ones.
Even still, Rock’s comedy has always critiqued the institute of marriage and relationships in general, quipping in his 1999 special, Bigger and Blacker, that “a man is only as faithful as his options.”
While Rock ended up proving his own theory years later, his admittance of wrongdoing is refreshing in an era of proud players and unashamed side chicks.
Now, is that a low bar? You damn right it is, but word to 4:44, these guys have to start somewhere.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.