Two days ago, we learned that Keshia Knight Pulliam was going through a whole Dr. Phil-episode’s worth of relationship awfulness with her husband of six months, former NFL player and one-time RHOA husband Ed Hartwell. A week after Keshia announced that she was knocked up with Ed’s baby, he filed for divorce and demanded a paternity test. It’s nowhere near the worst reason that a former Cosby Show cast member has found themselves in the news for recently, but it’s definitely not great.
Keshia and Ed’s situation got even more complicated. Rudy Huxtable sat down with Entertainment Tonight last night and told her side of the story.
Keshia, who wasn’t wearing her wedding ring, told ET that she that she’d gladly take a paternity test to prove that Ed IS the father because she never cheated on him during their six-month marriage. In fact, Keshia says that if anyone was scrubbing the smell of side pieces off their parts, it was Ed. She claims he cheated on her after they got married.
Keshia also says she was the first to put together divorce papers after she found out that Ed cheated. Keshia never filed the divorce papers, because Ed begged for a second chance. Keshia was willing to give it another go after she discovered she was knocked up with his baby. And the cherry on top of this messy sundae: Keshia says that Ed told her he wanted a divorce in a text message.
ET reached out to Ed for his side, but he never got back to them. But a source close to him recently talked to People about the situation. The source says Ed doesn’t have any evidence that Keshia cheated on him, but he finds the timing of her pregnancy suspicious. Ed allegedly told Keshia he wanted to wait to have a baby (because things were so messy in the beginning of their marriage), and then all of a sudden “she pops up pregnant.” Ed has a son with former Housewife Lisa Wu, and the source says a paternity test is his way of “covering his bases.” He also wasn’t crazy about how fast she posted baby bump pictures on Instagram.
You always hear jokes about how people should be required to take a test in order to become a parent. I’ve never been a fan of mandatory tests of any kind, so I can’t get behind that. But what I would be ok with is if there was a short, totally optional questionnaire available somewhere for potential parents. And not to make sure you’d be a good parent; it’s to make sure having a kid with someone is a good idea. It would only need to be one question. “Do you see this situation getting really messy? If you answered No, go make a baby. If you answered Yes, well…good luck with that.”