Ahhhhhhhh! How refreshing is it for men to just KEEP IT REAL! Admittance is always the first step, fellas. Now, take notes….
Chris Rock gave a very candid interview with Rolling Stone about his life and what caused the breakup of his family and marriage of 18 years to ex Malaak Compton-Rock.
Check out excerpts from the magazine feature where he also opens up about his “Total Blackout Tour” and more below:
On getting a divorce: “Getting divorced, you have to f*cking start over. You get to reset. It’s not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down.”
On the infidelity that occurred in his marriage to wife Malaak: “I was a piece of s–t,” he said admitting that he had slept with only three women on his last tour. “Men, it’s a lot easier to be faithful when no one wants to fuck you.”
On him once believing that he could get away with cheating because he was famous: “That’s bullsh*t. That actually goes the other way. My faults are magnified. Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you. And you let them down.”
On toning down the marriage/divorce talk in his stand up routine to keep the peace: “It’s not fair. I have a mic, she doesn’t. God forbid people are bugging her in the supermarket. That’s not cool. I’m going to have to see her at weddings and graduations.”
On the responsibilities on being the oldest child of 14: “It’s not so much a job now. Well, I gotta find my brother Brian a job. Like, that’s a literal thing I have to do. It only comes into play during emergencies. Then your rank matters.”
On advocating in his comedy bit that black fathers start the day by punching their sons in the face: “You have to physically show them – the consequences of not listening to your parents are death. It’s death. This is not a joke. I was in Bed-motherfuckingStuy [Brooklyn].” Rock gives me a name to look up on my computer. “He is in jail for rape and murder. That guy used to take me to the fucking baseball games. What’s the only difference? We were on the same block. I got a father that did not play that shit. Maybe I don’t have to punch a kid in the face, ’cause I have fucking time up the ass. But if I’m working 12 hours a day, you tell me how I’m gonna do this, how I’m gonna keep this black boy alive.”
On being a black man in America, specifically at another school where his daughter is playing a game: “I see the looks: ‘What are you doing here?’ Shit that white people, especially white men, don’t have to deal with. I literally get treated like a nigger a few times a day. I can’t imagine what it is like for my brothers and what they go through every day.”
On his girlfriend, actress Megalyn Echikunwoke: “Actually I’m dating a girl now. She’s got her own dough, it’s amazing.”
On if he cried during the divorce process: “No one’s ever asked me that. I don’t even know if a shrink has asked me that. We live in a world where men are assumed to not have feelings. All my friends assume I moved into the city after my divorce, away from my girls. When I say I bought a house around the corner, it blows their minds.”
Image: Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone