ED HARTWELL:KEITH SWEAT’S SONS ARE MY SONS, TOO
Ed Hartwell is the former NFLer and husband to entrepreneur Lisa Wu Hartwell. Both Lisa and Ed star in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on BravoTv with their one-year-old son EJ. It’s Lisa’s two sons Jordan,14, and Justin,11,(dad is singer Keith Sweat) who do not star in the BravoTv reality series. Although he is not the biological father of Lisa’s sons with R&B singer Keith Sweat, Ed calls Jordan and Justin his sons all the same:
Me and my sons have a great relationship. I tell everyone I have three sons. They call me dad; I never say my stepkids, they are my sons. Every kid is different but they are both wonderful children. My eldest son is about to turn 14 and I have conversations with him that I can’t have with Justin. Jordan wants to train, so now we’re both training.
Ed does admit,however, that he does not have a good relationship with their father, Keith Sweat:
Not at all. The reason is because [when I started dating] Lisa there was a lot that I had to stop from happening. I had to lay down the law, man to man. Have I tried to work out some things and put our differences to the side for the sake of the kids? Absolutely. I don’t like to play games.
Speaking of games, Ed has revealed to Essence.com that he will not be returning to football as was rumored:
Football, I love it to death, but it takes a toll. Watching my sons play football is a treat, but it’s a short career. At 30 years old, I’m considered an old man in the game. Football players need to remember that the day you start playing you should be thinking about your future and what’s going to generate your next income. [They should start] implementing a game plan from Day One. I played for eight years until I suffered a knee injury. Although I got calls and the Raiders wanted me, Lisa and I decided I was needed here more so we’re running our businesses together and I have some businesses I’m working on myself.