Kevin Hart has admitted he was actually “never prepared” for the effect his public scandals had on his family.

The comedian was speaking to Will Smith on the 'Red Table Talk' chat show, reflecting on the impact of infidelity and past homophobic tweets and the relationship with his family.

“I got on some armour. It’s very hard to shoot through this and bother me,” the 41-year-old said.

But he said it’s a “different feeling” when his children are involved.

“When your child shows disappointment, shows emotion and you have those conversations, the head drops for the first time,” he said.

In 2017, the 'Jumanji' star apologised to his wife and his children, after claiming someone was trying to blackmail him over a video showing him with another woman.

“I can say having a little girl in my life, it’s tough. You don’t realise the impact that your mistakes could truly have,” he added.

His kids “pulled a different emotional chord,” particularly when he had to speak to his daughter Heaven after “the whole cheating display.”

“My talk with Heaven, that was one like no other,” he said.

“Getting my daughter back, getting her to understand that I was sorry, that I made a mistake. That was real.”

He admitted Heaven continues to be tough on him.

Referring to his own experiences, Will Smith said that he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith shared everything with their kids to “get out ahead of it.”

But Kevin Hart said he has “never been able to get to the kids first.”