“You’re My Backbone”: Kevin Hart And 9 Other Famous Black Men Who Publicly Apologized For Cheating

September 18, 2017  |  
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While private apologies for serious offenses like cheating are likely preferred by the party done wrong in a relationship, many celebrity men go the public apology route when they’ve been caught dogging out their wife and kids. (Whether people want to admit it or not, such disrespect in a marriage that includes children compromises their future and doesn’t set a good example of what marriage should be for them.)

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Things get so bad, their fans feel such disappointment and the desperation to mend their relationships becomes so strong that they decide to publicly say, “My bad.” Kevin Hart issued a public apology to his wife Eniko and his kids over the weekend, but he’s far from the first to do so. See a few other famous men who tried to clean up their messes by taking their apologies to the public.

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Jay Z

On his recent 4:44 album, the rapper apologized for hurting wife Beyoncé and owns up to his mistakes on the track of the same name:

 And I apologize ’cause at your best you are love/And because I fall short of what I say I’m all about/Your eyes leave with the soul that your body once housed/And you stare blankly into space/Thinkin’ of all the time, you wasted it on all this basic s–t/So I apologize

He also seemingly apologizes in advance to his children for his infidelity:

And if my children knew / I don’t even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same / I would probably die with all the shame/’You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?’


Shawn Stockman

The Boyz II Men singer took to social media to apologize to his wife for stepping out, but also put a lot of blame on his mistress as opposed to focusing on his part in everything.

“I’m apologizing on record to my wife for my infidelity, about me doing things outside of the marriage that I’m not supposed to be doing with people who I had no business dealing with,” he said. “For them to be as cavalier as to do the things that they did to try to break my family apart. I’m apologizing on record to my family and to anyone else that I have hurt.”

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Before Ginuwine and Sole officially divorced, he addressed rumors in 2014 about their situation and made it clear that their marital troubles were all on him.

“She has been a good wife and mother and my poor choices and actions over many years have lead [sic] to this,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am on a path of becoming a better man and part of that is taking responsibility for my own choices and behavior in life, so that’s what I’m doing by releasing this statement. I thank everyone who has been there for us through these trying times. You are appreciated. God bless.”

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Tiger Woods

The golf legend’s career and life in general pretty much fell apart after it came out in 2009 that he cheated on ex-wife Elin Nordegren not just with one woman, but that he was in fact a serial cheater. There were rumors that he may have even slept with more than 100 women during their marriage.

He did a press conference in 2010 and publicly apologized to Elin, his kids, his parents, his sponsors and fans for his actions.

“I have made you question who I am and how I have done the things I did,” he said. “I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position. For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for.”

The pair would go on to divorce in 2010.

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Kobe Bryant

After being accused of sexually assaulting a young woman he claimed to have had consensual sex with in 2003, Kobe Bryant held a press conference, like Tiger Woods would later do, to say he was sorry and declare his innocence.

“You’re my backbone,” he said as wife Vanessa sat next to him. “You’re a blessing. You’re a piece of my heart. You’re the air I breathe. And you’re the strongest person I know, and I’m so sorry for having to put you through this and having to put our family through this.”


Dwyane Wade

He didn’t explicitly say “Sorry” in front of the world to Gabrielle Union after having a child on her during a rough patch in their relationship, but he did publicly acknowledge in 2014 that he almost lost her due to some dumb decisions.

“My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen… My life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you,” he wrote on Instagram, “but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you…”

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Chris Brown

Brown, like Jay Z, used his music to try and apologize for cheating on ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. In his remix to “Back to Sleep,” he said sorry in his own very interesting way:

I just wanna tell you I’m sorry / For f–kin’ around with Keisha and MaKayla / For all the Georgia peaches in Decatur / For all these b—hes in the elevator / I just want you to love me / Yeah baby don’t test me / You know I’ll do it / You want me to say your name girl? / Okay, Karrueche


Waka Flocka

The rapper almost lost wife Tammy Rivera over cheating, but he took to social media last summer to put himself on blast for his behavior. It was the beginning of his attempts to get his family back (which would include apologies on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), and it worked.

“Sorry for leading women on knowing I’m married #ManUpWaka” he wrote in one tweet. “I’m at fault for everything and so is the motherf–kers pulling me back” he wrote in another.

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Kwame Kilpatrick

The former Detroit mayor’s situation was messy enough with the corruption scandal attached to his name, so it didn’t help when he got caught lying about an affair he had with Christine Beatty. She was Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff. In 2010, he told BlackAmericaWeb that he was sorry for hurting his wife, his kids and the people of Detroit, and publicly apologized more than once.

“I understand what my position as mayor meant to our community, and I know my reckless behavior disappointed people and, quite honestly, ripped apart a lot of people,” he said. “My family and people’s hopes were ripped apart. I want people to know how sorry I am for letting them down.”

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