Former ‘The Cosby Show’ actress, Keisha Knight Pulliam, addresses divorce rumours

Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam attends the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. .
Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam attends the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. . Moses Robinson/Getty Images

Less than seven months after their wedding, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam’s husband is calling it quits.

Former NFL player Edgerton Hartwell II filed a divorce complaint Monday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.

The complaint says the two married on Jan. 2 and recently separated. The three-page document offers no details or reason for the split, saying only that “the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no possibility of reconciling.”

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The news of the divorce came after The Cosby Show alum announced she was pregnant by posting a photo to Instagram with the caption, “Surprise!!! We have a new addition coming soon… Tune into #KandidlyKeshia this week for the details!!”

“Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby,” Hartwell told via his rep.

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The Cosby Show star said she was blindsided by the divorce papers her husband filed and claims that he cheated on her, but she’d decided to give him another chance.

“I love who he pretended to be,” she said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family – I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”


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Pulliam revealed that she is expecting a girl and conducted the interview without her wedding ring on, while saying that she’s not interested in staying married.

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

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Hartwell and Pulliam married New Year’s Eve and were married in the actress’s home, according to her podcast, Kandidly Keisha.

“It was my dream,” Pulliam said. “We did it literally in our living room in our home. We invited people. They had no clue they were coming to a wedding.”

The 37-year-old Pulliam played daughter Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show and also played Miranda Payne on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

According to the NFL’s website, 38-year-old Hartwell was a linebacker in the NFL, including four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two with the Atlanta Falcons.

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With files from The Associated Press