“When your ex-husband is arguably the biggest comedienne on the planet, you know that any distress in the relationship is going to be headline news. Following her high profile divorce and subsequent residual drama, Torrei was thrust into the often times harsh limelight.
Never one to be content with settling for what’s easy, Torrei has plunged headlong into forging her own career and creating her own brand. The vibrant mother, actress, producer & television
personality boasts a veracious independent streak and hunger for success that has gained her throngs of fans and an impressive resume of her own.
Ashley: Since your high profile divorce, a lot of women look up to you as role model because you didn’t let it stop, you persevered. How do you handle that responsibility?
Torrei: I don’t take it for granted and I want to be the best woman I can be and show women that one monkey don’t stop no show. My mother used to always tell that to me and she’d say “if things happen to you in life you gotta keep pushing, you gotta keep going.” Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy. It has taken me a while to get to this point where I’m at right now. It’s taken God, it’s taken some soul searching to really understand why it happened but I like it because honestly its helped me become a better woman. I feel like now I do have a story that women can relate to. I’ve shared my story very openly and if me talking out and being transparent can help then I’m all for that.
One woman reached out to me on social media and basically said that she was going to commit suicide because her husband had left her. She was with her husband for a long time, they started a business together, they had 2 beautiful children and he left her for his assistant. She thought her world was done, she thought her world was over. I told her to call me. I sat with this young lady, I prayed with her for almost an hour, we talked. I encouraged her and I just kind of gave her an inside glimpse into parts of my life that I didn’t put out into the public and let her know that I had those moments too but I kept pushing on and to this day we still communicate with each other.
Ashley: Who has been a surprise supporter of your movement?
Torrei: The one person who reached out to me via social media and has been like a mentor to me is motivational speaker, life coach and author, Tony Gaskins. He’s been on everything from Oprah to Dr. Phil. He’s definitely been a supporter of mine and spoken life into me and helped me with a lot of things that go on in my life. I would also have to say my manager, he’s not famous but he should be, Reno Rankin. He’s been awesome, he supports me one hundred percent and works very hard for me. I thank God for placing him in my life and for having him in my corner.
I would also have to say my ex-husband (Comedienne, Kevin Hart). He still does things for me, supports me and encourages me. The good thing about that is we’re on the same page when it comes to co-parenting so if I have an audition, or if I have to fly and travel he’s like if you need me to take the kids or if you need help with this or that let me know; whatever I can do to make it easier for you. So I have a great support system.”