Former NFL star Ed Hartwell divorcing Keshia Knight Pulliam, wants DNA test

Ed Hartwell, EJ and Keshia Knight Pulliam no longer a family/Jonell Media PR.

Cosby Show alum explains divorce.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

ATLANTA — Where’s Maury? Keshia Knight Pulliam, best known for her lovable role as little Rudy Huxtable on the Cosby Show, is getting a divorce after 6 months of marriage amid infidelity accusations from her estranged husband Ed Hartwell. The bombshell split comes roughly one week after Pulliam announced she’s pregnant with the couple’s child. Hartwell, a former NFL player, has major doubts. Not only did he file for divorce, he’s also demanding a paternity test. During Wednesday’s edition of Entertainment Tonight, Pulliam flipped the script.

She claims Hartwell’s the cheater — not her. “That’s not who I am,” said the 37-year-old actress. “That’s not an issue. There’s no problem. I’ve never been unfaithful to my husband. This is his daughter.” Pulliam said she contemplated leaving. But she decided to stay and work things out after learning she was pregnant.

“When earlier in my marriage I was faced with this, I was ready to leave,” Pulliam 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.”

Do you believe her?

Did you see this divorce coming?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I’m sorry he behaved so badly but it’s better to know who he is sooner rather than later. My condolences to her and I wish her a healthy, stress free going forward pregnancy. Stress is bad for her and for their baby.

  2. When he was on Atlanta Housewives with then wife Lisa Wu, he was a mess. Talk about living beyond their means . . . over the top. This is alot of drama for such a short lived marriage. Hope they can co-parent for the child’s sake.

  3. Why do these people with marital problems, have to go on tabloid TV shows, to discuss their personal problems? The world doesn’t need to know this stuff. She should be talking to her HUSBAND, in private, about such matters. ( if she can’t talk with him, maybe a family member or friend). SMH

  4. Prayers up for her and her baby, which is the blessing in all this. She’s learning a hard lesson right now, and ladies, we can all learn with her. The heart wants what it wants but it will lead you to the pits of hell if you let it. Use your head and wait! Let true love develop and manifest into something you both will appreciate. Otherwise, you end up with a giant mess.

  5. I think men who pull this crap ought to lose custody and visitation for awhile after the child is born and the paternity test is done. If you couldn’t be there before the birth and say such hurtful, untrue things, there should be consequences. When it comes out to be his child, he should be made to apologize publicly and admit his statements were false.

  6. Ladies, if a divorced man or a man who has a child (or children) approaches you for a relationship, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take the time to investigate why he is divorced/no longer with the mother(s) of his child/children. There is a reason (or reasons) why relationships fail and if you value who you are and what you want to become, it is worth taking the time out to do.

  7. He said, she said. There’s been no actual proof of either cheating and to play it out in the media is poor choice on both of them. Divorce in private and if you both are the parents to this poor baby, then learn to get along for her sake.

  8. She will get through this, and be better off without this loser in her life, he probably won’t be there for the child anyway!

  9. Keisha says that she’s never cheated on her husband DURING THEIR MARRIAGE, which means that she probably was with someone right before she got married..which could also means that her husband is NOT the father of her baby girl. Just sayin..not knowing. (lol)

  10. Babies are a blesssing. Im team Keshia!

  11. Stay blessed Keshia! 🙂

  12. Precious Williams

    Real talk, I’m sorry this happened to Keisha, and it’s obvious Ed is a dirtbag, BUT, Keisha was also friends with his ex wife, Lisa. You should NEVER marry your friend’s ex!!!

  13. Kimberly Seaborn

    PRAYING FOR KESHIA. Keshia please just focus on having a healthy baby girl. You don’t need to stress over anything while you’re pregnant. He seems shady b/c he didn’t even tell Lisa Wu that he was marrying you. She had to find out from their son. God doesn’t make mistakes. It was meant for you to have your daughter with him, you will find your soul mate when God is ready for you to meet him. Hold on to your FAITH, God has you, boo.

  14. For all those hollering about how BLESSED she is to be having his baby? Are ya’ll all INSANE?!? That’s a fucking CURSE! What is so blessed about marrying a JERK who everybody and they momma tried to tell her not to do but she went ahead against ALL good advice and taking Lisa’s leftovers! WTF and the hell did she THINK was gonna happen? I mean, damn, he has a PUBLIC history that is there for all to see! Did she IGNORE all of Lisa’s RED FLAG warning signs!?! If he DUMPED her and their kids…WTH did Keisha think was going to happen to her? Honey, I’d run to the nearest ABORTION center and be done with IT…and HIM! Good riddance and find an UPSTANDING MAN who would love, honor and CHERISH both me and our BLESSED unioned kids! I’m sorry but if GOD tries to stop you from going through a door and you tell him you going ANYWAYS? You GET exactly what you deserve. I bet Lisa is somewhere laughing her ASS off and I don’t blame her. This idiotic shit just made NO sense! Thinking a pregnancy will keep a man tied to you. How utterly insane and STUPID!!! Shoulda asked other idiots who had the very same outcome. Remember the Mel B and Eddie Murphy DNA fiasco?!? SMDH. Some women are just SO fucking DUMB. Let this be a lesson to all these hard headed women….SLOW YOUR ROLL!

  15. To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: “Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz.” While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don’t settle for any of his relatives: Broke-az, Lyin-az, Cheatin-az, Dumb-az, Drunk-az, Cheap-az, Lockedup-az, Goodfornothingaz, Lazyaz and especially his third cousin Beatinyouaz. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Yoaz!

  16. Khadija Laurent

    I knew he was bad news, but I feel so bad for Keisha. She does not deserve to have her good reputation dragged through the mud.

  17. Plight of the Black Woman

    What she needs to do is get an Abortion asap. There is no way I would birth that child for this man. Deny him access to the fruit of your womb. He clearly doesn’t appreciate it or care about it — therefore to shut him up and all black men like him divest your womb from the black man.

  18. She should name her daughter Rudy !

  19. why do black women choose bums she you can look at him and tell he smoke a lot of weed you should knowwhat he did to his first life now take your baby and run.

  20. She saw the warnings signs before marrying him, but she wanted to stay relevant and since she no longer is getting those royalty checks from the Cosby Show, she wanted to marry into some money.

  21. Awww. I feel so sorry for my Ruby. Really wished she wouldn’t have married him after only knowing him for 4 mths tho, dats way too soon. But wat a piece of dog shit! Done got her prego and then left her, dats a lot of stress on her and the baby. Fuk dat nigga tho! Ruby you need to hit him where it hurts, his pockets! Dat nigga wanna get an DNA, prove he the daddy and knock his head off for child support and alimony. Shit Ruby str8, she just needs a good lawyer.

  22. MischiefMakerXO

    This is so fucked up. Going through a divorce while pregnant. I feel so bad for her. Nobody deserves this. And this nigga gonna yell paternity test? Dude fuck you.

  23. Sherice Davis-Reid

    on one hand I feel sorry for her on the other she deserves everything she’s getting right now she damn well knew that he was still married to that lady Lisa Wu and she still went ahead and messed with him she principal help what kind of friend are you in the first place even be any type of friend acquaintance whatever be the case Atlanta is small. She knew exactly what she was doing, she needed that baby for financial security, think about it who have babies that quick on purpose anymore she didn’t wanted to get to know him she just wanted a baby.

  24. This is awful and some of these posted comments are extremely hateful. Keisha will be fine at least she has a healthy income to provide. As women we have to realize the hardest GIFT for a man to give is HONESTY- at least he was HONEST! Would it have been better for him to mislead her into believing differently? This will pass and she will be a great MOM, SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE WE WANT IN OUR LIVES DO US A FAVOR BY STAYING OUT OF LIVES!! What kind of DADDY could he possibly be to any young lady? Anyway it has been researched and noted that SOME football players have hidden mental issues (IE: CONCUSSION) and struggles. Maybe Ed is struggling with something on the inside!

  25. Black women if u wanna keep a man learn how to suck dick like a white girl

  26. Any man that would leave his wife and unborn child without a good reason is not a man at all. Karma will soon catch up to this brain damaged POS!

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