Keshia Knight Pulliam is known for playing the on-screen daughter of comedian Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show. The actress played the role of Rudy Huxtable, the oldest daughter of Cliff and Clair Huxtable played by Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad respectively.
Pulliam has remained close to Cosby over the years and is supporting him as he faces serious charges in court this week.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Pulliam Was on Cosby’s Arm as He Walked Into Court on June 5
Cosby is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman named Andrea Constand back in 2004.
As he arrived in court on Monday morning, Pulliam was on his arm, showing that she is by his side and that she supports him through and through.
Pulliam is still close to her Cosby family. On March 19, she posted a photo of herself with her former on-screen big brother, Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Check it out below.
2. Pulliam Has Her Own Podcast Called ‘Kandidly Keshia’
The podcast is described as “an intimate discussion and look into life, love and happiness.”
“The conversation covers a wide variety of topics, but always with the authenticity that is uniquely Keshia. Each podcast will have friends, family and celebrities share their perspective and join the conversation. Every week listeners are invited to share in discussions that empower the spirit, provide a unique outlook on life and share this amazing journey called life,” reads the podcast’s description.
3. Pulliam Married Ed Hartwell in 2016, but Their Relationship Fell Apart After 2 Months
Pulliam and Hartwell, a former football player, dated for just four months before tying the knot. The two wed on New Year’s Eve 2016 and split just two months later.
“She wanted a baby really fast, and what I was trying to explain to her was that — from my beliefs, from seeing other successful people — that when you first get married, especially since we didn’t have a long courtship, that we should actually focus on each other and not just have a baby. That’s something she really did want to do,” he told Page Six at the time.
Just after the two wed, Hartwell said that he had a “sit-down” with Pulliam and that he told her that things went “too fast.” He soon learned that Pulliam was pregnant but he wasn’t sure that he was the father of her unborn baby.
“I can’t say she’s been unfaithful. I can say she’s stayed out, she’s not came home, she’s went out-of-town … for three days, I don’t know what’s going on. I can say that. I can’t say she was unfaithful. I can say she wanted to get in vitro, I can say she wanted to do some things to make sure she got pregnant. I just want to make sure it is mine,” he said.
In an emotional sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pulliam defended herself and claimed that she never cheated on Hartwell.
“Early on in my marriage when I was faced with this, I was ready to leave. It’s not OK. In the process, I found out I was pregnant. And I had to take another hard look and decide if I wanted to try to work through this and forgive him for the sake of the child. Like, I had divorce papers ready. I presented it to him. … Once I was pregnant I did decide to give him that one last chance. The part that hurt me the most when he filed for divorce was that he had asked me to give him another chance, and I was willing to do that and forgive him, for our family,” she told the outlet. “I love who he pretended to be. I love who he portrayed himself as, and the one mistake I made was, when he showed me who he really was, not believing him. Not believing him the first time. 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,” she added.
Hartwell filed for divorce a few months later.
4. Pulliam Has 1 Daughter, Ella Grace Hartwell
Pulliam gave birth to her daughter Ella in January 2017.
“This has been this single most challenging year of my life. However, I wake up this Thanksgiving more grateful & in awe of God’s power than ever. Thru it all this little face has kept me going & helped me tap into strength I didn’t even know I possess. I am so eternally grateful for my little Ella. I would not trade any of what I have gone thru for her. She is my greatest accomplishment & joy. She has inspired my smile even thru the tears. I am so proud she has chosen me to be her mommy,” she posted on Instagram a couple of months before her little girl was born.
5. Pulliam Was on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’
Keshia Knight Pulliam on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ 2015
Read on for background on 2015 Celebrity Apprentice cast member Keshia Knight Pulliam, her fiance Big Tigger, and her career, plus her best Instagram pics.
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