We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘Empire’ star Terrence Howard lately that hasn’t been all that flattering, including allegations of drug use and domestic violence. He opened up about his past and his present in an interview that might shed some light on the struggles he has.
One traumatic past experience he has was watching his father stab a man to death when he was only six while they were in line to see Santa Claus. The other man was also there to take his kids to see Santa.
I was standing next to my father, watching. 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.”
His father spent 11 months in prison for the murder. Oh. My. Goodness.
Terrence shared one of the things his father 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.”
You have to wonder what Terrence thinks being effeminate is. He talked about how he went from making millions of dollars ($3.5 million for ‘Iron Man’) to his downfall, when word got out that he was difficult on set (he was replaced on ‘Iron Man’) and stories of domestic violence with his first wife got out in the media. He was reduced to making $40,000 per movie.
When all that stuff went down about me, you’re not in any bargaining position. You’re shunned. You’re persona non grata.”
He said all the rumors about him were part of what inspired him to take on the part of Lucious Lion in ‘Empire.’
Since they see me as a bad guy, I’m gonna play a bad guy.
Everything I do with Lucious is still me. I just change the vibration. Because Lucious has a very base understanding of life — kill or be killed — I keep him down at a very low frequency.”
Terrence said that, at this point in his career, he’s just looking to establish himself financially so he can retire.
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.
“The problem with this business, you lose yourself.”
He admitted that he’s currently “broke.”
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.”
He didn’t tell them that they were in the middle of a divorce at the time of the interview. What about the domestic violence allegations with his ex-wife? In the instance with his first wife, the police report alleged that Terrence “punched her twice with a closed fist.”
She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids. Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong.”
Closed fist, open hand: who cares? At least he acknowledges it was wrong. And what happened with his second wife, Michelle Ghent?
She was trying to Mace me, 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.”
Okay… Apparently there was another incident with another woman as well. You should really read Terrence’s entire interview with Rolling Stone. It provides a lot of insight into him as a person.
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