TERRENCE HOWARD'S VIOLENT ROAD TO REDEMPTION

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Terrence Howard has led quite a successful acting career, notching a variety of different roles and characters under his belt. He's played a Colonel in the historically based film "Redtails" and was the voice of Princess Tiana's father in "Princess and the Frog". The list is endless. But let's face it...we know and love Terrence Howard when he is in character as: The Pimp.

Let's start with the popular FOX TV series "Empire". Terrence Howard plays opposite Taraji P. Henson (who holds it DOWN as Cookie), as Lucious Lyon. Lucious is a Savage with a capital S; he is driven by power, money, and keeping the Lyon legacy strong within the music industry. The demons of his past create an internal drive for Lucious to find and keep his security on top. His slicked back hair, green eyes, and smooth, light-as-feather voice both hypnotizes and catches the audience off guard in comparison to his cut throat actions on the show.

It's the same deal with his portrayal as an actual pimp in "Hustle and Flow" and so many other roles were Howard's character was "gangsta". These portrayals are arguably some of his most infamous roles...but what makes him so believable?

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Well, Terrence Howard recently revealed his troubling past to PEOPLE Magazine. At only two he watched his father fatally stab a man while waiting to see Santa Clause in Cleveland. Howard goes on to reveal that “My dad whooped me every day until I was 14,” says the actor who grew up poor with three brothers. “Then [his father] said, ‘The street will whoop you from now on.’ ”

But still, Howard was a sensitive child, and explains that when the kids in his neighborhood "would do horrible things to animals” that he would "try and save them and take the beating instead.”

Nevertheless, Howard carried the trauma of his childhood abuse into adulthood, and projected that abuse onto both his first wife Lori, who he admitted to hitting, as well as his second wife Michele Ghent who was granted a restraining order after Howard hit, kicked and threatened to kill her.

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These days Howard has spent time in introspection and explains that the beliefs he was taught influenced his "terrible mistakes" noting: “I was raised believing the man is in charge, but I’ve realized marriage should be an equal partnership.” He further admits that " I was dragging baggage with me that was crippling me mentally and physically. But I finally feel I can put that to rest. I can breathe again.”

In addition, Howard claims his third and current wife Mira "settled [him]" and that they have an "effortless marriage" with no fighting...

Interesting.

Regardless, it is truly commendable that at 48, Howard is still making strides to better himself. He is is managing his stress by honoring nature, connecting with the trees, and even refusing to kill a fly.

Howard refuses to keep perpetuating the trauma that he was exposed to at such a tender stage in his human development. He keeps the faith that he can learn from his mistakes and continue to become a better man.

Howard has a total of five children but resides in Southern California with Mira and their two sons, Qirin and Hero.

To read the entire interview head over to PEOPLE Magazine in the link below :

http://people.com/celebrity/terrence-howard-violent-divorce-peace-mistakes-life-story/