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Terrence Howard reveals some deep secrets in his Rolling Stone Interview

by Tasharna Brown-Taylor Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


He is the leading man of the hit TV show Empire but now he is the star of Rolling Stone latest Issue.

The 46-year-old Empire star Terrence Howard reveals some shocking details about his childhood which includes him witnessing his father kill someone at the age of 2 and his mother who wanted to abort him.

Oscar -nominated Howard sits down with Rolling Stone and lets the deep dark secrets out of his closet. Read below for the interview highlights.

Terrence with his son Qirin Love

Terrence with his son Qirin Love

 On his money problem:

“You know, all my checks from Fox are being held for garnishment, because of my ex. I’m broke as can be. But my wife, she did well for herself, so she’s covered us. This place, she’s renting it. I’m suffering. There’s nothing worse than being a broke movie star.”

On being labeled difficult:

 “Well,” he says, “I was difficult, but only because I would not conform. During The Best Man, they kept saying about this one line, ‘This is a joke, so say it as a joke.’ I was like, ‘Y’all do what you want, but I’m not going to mutilate this moment.’ And I said the line like I wanted, pausing before saying, ‘Y’all know there ain’t nothin’ better than pussy, except some new pussy.’ That seals my character, who he was. But after that, they spent the next year talking about how difficult I was. Then the movie comes out, I get all these accolades, and now the producers are like, ‘Oh, you made the movie.’ But now they’ve set it up that Terrence is difficult, and so that has followed me.”

Terrence and his first wife Lori McCommas

Terrence and his first wife Lori McCommas

On getting arrested for hitting his first wife: 

“She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids,” he says. “Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong.”

On “fighting” with second wife Michelle Ghent:

 “She was trying to Mace me,” he says, “and you can’t see anything so all you can do is try to bat somebody away, and I think that something caught her. But I wasn’t trying to hit her.”

Terrence and his second wife Michelle Ghent

Terrence and his second wife Michelle Ghent

On seeing his dad stab a man to death with a nail file: 

“I was standing next to my father, watching,” Howard says. “Then stuff happened so quickly — blood was on the coats, on our jackets — and then my dad’s on a table and then my dad is gone to prison.”

On what his dad Tyrone taught him: 

“My daddy taught me, ‘Never take the vertebrae out of your back or the bass out of your throat. I ain’t raisin’ sheep. I raised men. Stay a man.’ But being a man comes with a curse because it’s not a society made for men to flourish anymore. Everything is androgynous, you know? The more successful men now are the effeminate.”

Terrence dad Tyrone getting arrested after the stabbing

Terrence dad Tyrone getting arrested after the stabbing

On playing the role of Lucious Lyon:

“Since they see me as a bad guy, I’m gonna play a bad guy,’ says Howard.  “I’m just trying to pay my bills. I’m looking forward to this show running its course. If I make a decent amount of money from it, I’ll retire.”

Terrence’s third wife Mira Pak on Terrence:

” He’s so selfish. But, you know, he didn’t have much of a childhood. It was difficult for him being picked on and bullied all the time. We don’t have a normal life. In our two years together, I’ve only gone to restaurants with him two or three times. We’ve never been to the supermarket together. We’ve never been to the movies. I’ve never gotten a gift from him. Never, never.”

Terrence and his third wife Mira Pak

Terrence and his third wife Mira Pak

On his mom wanting to abort him: 

My mom got pregnant with me when she was 15,” he says later on. “She’d already had my older brother and was headed to the abortion clinic with my uncle, when they stopped at a red light and she was like, ‘No, this would not be happening if he wasn’t meant to be here.’ ”

On figuring out who he is:

 “I spent all my time as a kid trying to fit in,” he goes on. “My uncle said to me, ‘Why are you so busy trying to fit in when you were born to stand out?’ I was 14. He said, ‘You’re a young prince, and someday you shall grow up to be a king.’ Many years ago, Oprah said to me, ‘Your crown is waiting right there. Pick it up and put it on.’ I remember being in the womb, found comfort there, and have been aware since that moment. As a result of the travesties I’ve gone through, I have become awakened. I mean, after spending time with me, you can see a good part of my nature. I’m on my own path, and I like the pebbles of my cobblestones.”


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