Keshia Knight Pulliam met Ed Hartwell in August 2015, married him on New Year’s Eve and announced her pregnancy in July 2016, a week before he filed for divorce.
Experience tells us that a wedding after only four months of dating is rarely a good idea. Indeed, it almost always seems to end in divorce, at least for celebrities, no matter whether they are A-listers or D-listers. Keshia Knight Pulliam of The Cosby Show fame belongs more into the latter category these days.
She met former NFL player Ed Hartwell back in August 2015. The two embarked on a whirlwind romance, which was quickly followed by a wedding on New Year’s Eve that same year. One must assume that the two were madly in love, at least for a brief period of time. But things seem to have deteriorated just as quickly as they initially developed.
Before that, though, on July 17, Keshia announced her pregnancy. It would appear she was about three or four months pregnant at the time and already knew that she was expecting a baby girl. Only a week after she announced her pregnancy, however, her husband filed for divorce.
He cited irreconcilable differences at the time, explaining disagreements over life decisions a couple usually makes together. The timing seems conspicuous and one is inclined to believe that the pregnancy was the final nail in the coffin for the relationship, at least for him.
It didn’t take long for both parties to elaborate on what has been going on. Keshia professed to be shocked by Ed’s filing, especially since she had only just decided to give their relationship another chance. Apparently she had contemplated divorce herself, but instead wanted to give their relationship another go once she found out that she was pregnant.
At the same time she claimed that he had been unfaithful, which had been the main reason for her to consider divorce to begin with. But she added that Ed had wanted another child – he’s father of a 9-year old with ex-wife Lisa Wu of RHOA fame.
On the other hand Ed claimed that things had progressed too fast for his liking. He questioned his paternity right away and demanded a paternity test. Whilst he later qualified that he can’t accuse Keshia of cheating, he alleged that they had very little intimate contact, because he hadn’t wanted for her to become pregnant so soon. Instead he claimed that Keshia had often been gone for days and may even have undergone fertilization treatment.
Keshia denied any cheating allegations, of course. She professed herself to be hurt by Ed’s allegations and comments, but added that she didn’t want to dwell on the negative. Instead she tried to avoid stress and concentrate on the positive for the sake of her baby, who has become her absolute priority.
But the two weren’t done with each other just yet. At some point Ed accused his estranged wife of merely seeking attention. He also said that he doesn’t owe her a dime, claiming he only had to pay her a certain sum that was previously agreed on. It’s not quite clear what that means, though.
Keshia also accused Ed of having missed an appointment for a paternity test, which he claimed he didn’t know about. It’s unclear if he was still interested in taking a test. Considering that he doesn’t believe himself to be the baby’s father, it would seem odd that he shouldn’t want to take a test, however. At this stage a post-natal paternity test would seem to be a more prudent choice, though.
In the meantime Keshia seems to have found strength in her faith. She even announced that her daughter’s middle name would be Grace in order to reflect that strength. In a change of tune she said last month that she only wished her estranged husband all the best. She wanted him to find his happiness in whatever way was best for him, because it would mean that he would be a happier person and therefore a better father to their daughter. She clearly wants him to play a role in the child’s life.
The divorce has yet to be finalized and the child has yet to be born. It’s unclear how things will develop at this stage. If the marriage can be dissolved amicably remains to be seen.
If Ed’s allegations are true at least insofar as Keshia had wanted nothing but a baby, one would think that the whole mess of a quick wedding and a divorce only a few months later would have been avoidable. Perhaps she had wanted it all, but clearly she didn’t choose the right man for the job. Better luck next time?