Keshia Knight Pulliam Breaks Silence Over Sudden Divorce Drama

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Keshia Knight Pulliam is not staying silent about the sudden divorce drama that has thrust her mostly private life into the spotlight.

The 36-year-old actress sat down with Nichelle Turner on Entertainment Tonight to get in front of the drama train that’s had her name on the frontpage of every gossip blog recently. Just a week after Pulliam announced that she’s expecting her first child with Ed Hartwell, news breaks that Hartwell has filed for divorce from his pregnant wife, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Gossip sites went wild with talk of infidelity, especially when news came out that Hartwell is now demanding a paternity test, and an emotional Keshia decided to set the record straight.

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She began by telling Turner that the only reason she decided to do the sit-down was to clear her name. “I knew I couldn’t be silent, because this isn’t about money,” said Pulliam. “This isn’t about fame. This isn’t about social media likes or follows. This is about my character — my integrity as a woman being attacked — and that’s not OK.”

Then she dove right into revealing what had been going on in her marriage up to this point-including an interesting detail about Ed being the one with the fidelity issues. “When earlier in my marriage I was faced with [Ed’s cheating], I was ready to leave,” she said. “I had divorce papers ready. I presented them to him. He begged … He said: ‘Please, I want my family,’ he said all the right things. Once I was pregnant I decided to give him another chance.”

This is just one of the many reasons why Ed’s surprise divorce request hurt her so much. “The part that hurt me the most when he filed for divorce was that he had asked me to give him another chance, and I was willing to do that and forgive him, for our family.”

“I love who he pretended to be,” she told Turner when asked whether or not she still loves her ex. “I love who he portrayed himself as, and the one mistake I made was, when he showed me who he really was, not believing him. Not believing him the first time. When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family — I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”

According to PEOPLE, a source close to Hartwell told the site that Ed “doesn’t have any evidence of her cheating” but wants a paternity test because he is concerned about the timing of the pregnancy, which the source said came “during a very dark spot in their relationship.”

Keshia’s main concern right now is her daughter being born healthy, and as far as Hartwell is concerned she has nothing else to say to him.”There’s nothing to say at this point,” she said. “They can discuss that through attorneys. I have to move forward. I have to do what I need to to release the hurt, to release this, and to be happy for me and my baby girl, because the stress isn’t good. The stress isn’t healthy. And my only priority is her.”

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