Former child actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is trying to stay focused on her unborn baby girl, despite going through an ugly divorce with ex Ed Hartwell. In a new episode of her Play.it podcast “Kandidly Keshia,” the 37-year-old opened up about her situation revealing that her baby girl’s name was inspired by the recent events in her life.
During Friday’s podcast, Pulliam said that she was hesitant to publicly reveal her baby girl’s name but couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. “I’m so excited about her,” she said (via E! Online). “Her name is Ella Grace.” The former “Cosby” star went on to explain that she came up with her daughter’s middle name because of all the issues she’s been going through with her soon-to-be ex. “In the midst of all of this is when she’s earned her middle name, Grace,” she said. “When I tell you through all of this the grace of God has so been with us and has covered us and protected us — she’s been my saving grace to get through it.”
She continued: “It’s knowing that it’s not about me. Knowing that on days when I want to curl up in bed, pull the covers over my head and cry until my eyes fall out, that is not an option because she feels everything I feel and right now, it is bigger than me — it’s about her. It is about her being OK.”
News broke in late July that Hartwell had filed for divorce from Pulliam citing irreconcilable differences. The split came one week after she announced she was pregnant with their first child, and after nearly seven months of marriage. Pulliam and Hartwell, a former NFL player, tied the knot Jan. 1 after four months of dating.
Last month, Pulliam opened up about her divorce battle telling “Entertainment Tonight” that she and Hartwell both agreed to go their separate ways but she’s trying to stay focused on their baby. “There’s a baby in the middle of this. And regardless, if we don’t want to be married, that’s fine,” she said. “Because we agree on that. But this baby is what’s important, and I feel like that’s being lost.”
Hartwell, 38, also dished on the drama, revealing to Page Six that things started to fall apart two months after he married Pulliam. According to Hartwell, jealousy, arguments over when to have kids and suspicions of infidelity led to the demise of their relationship.