Keshia Knight Pulliam is trying to move forward after being completely blindsided by divorce papers and paternity questions from Ed Hartwell this week.
As you know, the former footballer filed to end their short marriage just a week after The Cosby Show alum announced she's expecting a baby girl.
In newly released quotes from that exclusive sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 37-year-old talks how she will use this rough patch as a lesson for her daughter.
Related: Ed Tells His Side Of The Divorce Drama
The Kandidly Keshia host explained:
"I'm dealing with today. I am taking it day by day, and my focus right now is loving myself the best I can. Now, [I'm] loving myself amazingly well, because that's loving my baby."
"I am sad that one day my daughter will have to live and experience this. One thing I am not and never will be, is anyone's victim. It's hard because this is the priority, and especially having a little girl, and the work that I do with women. And I know that I'm teaching her not by what I say, but what I do right now. This is her first lesson in womanhood. I want her to look back and always be proud. I need to give her the right lessons now."
Sounds like K.K.P is already taking motherhood by the horns, something she's gotten a taste of already with Ed's son from a previous relationship:
"I really, really love him. He was so excited. Every night he would say, 'I love you, Keesh Keesh' — that's his name for me. And then he'd say to the baby, 'I love you.' I hate that he doesn't have that experience anymore. He deserves to be a big brother."
So incredibly sad to see children getting wrapped up in the adult drama.
But the former child star prays that her story can be a lesson for other women to realize they deserve better:
"By me sharing this story, [if I] can help inspire someone else, or help give them the strength to say, 'You know what? I deserve better and good riddance, I'm gonna keep moving.' I hope that this can do that, because it's bigger than me. It's not about me. Many women have been here. Just because this is my today, it doesn't determine my tomorrow."
"I'm not going to allow anyone to change how I love, because there are many blessings. Despite where we are now, the biggest blessing is right here with me. I always say, 'no regrets.' You learn lessons. I've learned a very big lesson, and I'll take that with me. Forgiveness isn't for them — it's for you. Hatred or ill will, you know, it only harms you. So, I absolutely wish him the best. I absolutely hope that he finds whatever it is he's looking for and needs to be happy, because the happier he is and the more fulfilled he is, the better dad he can be to our girl."
Hopefully Ed can hop on board and move forward maturely with their kiddos in mind!
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