Ed Hartwell has responded to wife and Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam's claims that he was unfaithful during their marriage

By Lindsay Kimble
July 28, 2016 04:20 PM

Ed Hartwell has responded to ex Keshia Knight Pulliam‘s claims that he was unfaithful during their marriage – accusations she made after the former NFL star filed for divorce from the Cosby Show star and demanded she undergo a paternity test.

In a Skype interview with the New York Post‘s Page Six on Thursday, Hartwell said that Pulliam pressured him to have a baby almost immediately after they tied the knot.

“She wanted a baby really fast, and what I was trying to explain to her was that – from my beliefs, from seeing other successful people – that when you first get married, especially since we didn’t have a long courtship, that we should actually focus on each other and not just have a baby,” he explained. “That’s something she really did want to do.”

Pulliam, 37, and Hartwell, 38, were only dating for four months when they said “I do” on Jan. 2.

The athlete said all the pressure led him to have a sit-down meeting with his wife in February, explaining to her, “I think we probably messed up. I think we moved too fast. Our lives and wants are headed two different directions.”

Hartwell said that, at the time, his ex-girlfriend of four years had just “lost a baby,” making him realize he still “cared about her.” The revelation didn’t sit well with Pulliam.

He explained to the Post: “All she was a mad about was, ‘You don’t want to have a baby, but you’re mad about her baby. You can’t talk to her.’ And there was a big fall-out.”

It was then, he said, that Pulliam began going out with friends often, sometimes never coming home, he claimed. Around the same time, he alleged, she began looking into having a child – whether it be naturally or through in vitro fertilization or adoption.

Only after Hartwell moved out of their shared home did he find out about their pregnancy. He returned to be supportive, but said that as time went on, “some things just weren’t adding up.”

“I can’t say she’s been unfaithful. I can say she’s stayed out, she’s not came home, she’s went out-of-town for three days, I don’t know what’s going on,” he told the Post. “I can’t say she was unfaithful. I can say she wanted to get in vitro, I can say she wanted to do some things to make sure she got pregnant. I just want to make sure it is mine.”

On Wednesday, Pulliam told Entertainment Tonight that she “never cheated on [Hartwell] during my marriage.”

She, instead, alleged that Hartwell was the cheater, and said she almost left him earlier in the marriage over the supposed infidelity.

“I have no desire to continue to be married to him,” Pulliam said. “I’m doing this one interview, and I’m done. I’m not going to continue to revisit, regurgitate, but I’m not going to continue to allow people to tell blatant lies about me.”

The actress’s legal team filed its own response to Hartwell’s divorce petition on Thursday, deeming the marriage “irretrievably broken with no hope of reconciliation.”

She requested sole temporary possession of their Atlanta home, separate distribution of any earnings before the marriage, equal division of the assets and earnings earned during the marriage, and that Hartwell pay her laywer’s fees.

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