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Chris Rock gets candid about his divorce, infidelities and having to 'start over'

The comedian discussed his divorce from his wife of nearly two decades, Malaak Compton-Rock, in the new issue of "Rolling Stone."
/ Source: TODAY

Less than a year after his divorce from his wife of nearly two decades, Malaak Compton-Rock, was finalized, Chris Rock has opened up about the split in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

As you’d expect from the stand-up comedian, he’s very frank about what went wrong in his marriage.

“I was a piece of s---,” he told an audience during a recent comedy show, before describing three women with whom he cheated: one famous, one semifamous, and one a member of the retail class (as the magazine put it).

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Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.Ron Sachs-Pool / Getty Images

The article notes that in his act, Rock mentions that he thought he could get away with bad behavior in his marriage because he was a rich and famous husband.

However, he told the magazine that mentality was wrong, and he only has himself to blame.

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"That actually goes the other way,” he added. “My faults are magnified. Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you. And you let them down."

Though the divorce has been a topic during what he referred to in the article as his “alimony tour,” he has been careful not to talk about his ex-wife, with whom he has two children.

"It's not fair," he explained. "I have a mic, she doesn't. God forbid people are bugging her in the supermarket. That's not cool. I'm going to have to see her at weddings and graduations."

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Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock and their two daughters attend the premiere of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" in 2012.Donna Ward / Getty Images

Rock also prefers not to let any anger he might have felt as a result of the divorce get the best of him when he’s on the stage.

"I asked myself, 'Do I want to be angry for a year?' It's not a cool place to be. It's not healthy,” he said.

For Rock, 52, his divorce has meant that he’s had to “start over.”

“You get to reset,” he said. “It's not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down."

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Rock is currently dating actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, whose credits include “24,” “That ‘70s Show” and “CSI: Miami.”

"She's got her own dough, it's amazing," he joked.