After the Cosby Show
star broke down to ET over her former NFL pro husband's divorce bombshell
-- just days following Pulliam's pregnancy announcement -- Hartwell is speaking out with his take on the drama.
"She wanted a baby really fast," the 38-year-old athlete told Page Six
in an interview published on Thursday. Hartwell claimed that he told Pulliam, "When you first get married, especially since we didn’t have a long courtship, that we should actually focus on each other and not just have a baby."
While the two were officially married on Jan. 2
, according to court documents, Hartwell said that he "had a sit-down" with his wife in February.
"I said, 'I think we probably messed up. I think we moved too fast,'" he told the publication. "'Our lives and wants are headed two different directions.'"
Meanwhile, Pulliam, 37, told ET that she
first asked for divorce after claiming Hartwell "absolutely" cheated on her
during their marriage.
"I was ready to leave. It's not OK," Pulliam said. "I had divorce papers ready. I presented it to him. ... Once I was pregnant I did decide to give him that one last chance."
Hartwell denied that he cheated on Pulliam, saying, "One thing I have found out about her — and it's not to bash her — is that she can tell a half-truth to make sure that she seems like, I don’t want to say the victim ... But that she’s the one that’s right."
During the interview, Hartwell also said, "I can’t say she’s been unfaithful," adding, "I can say she’s stayed out, she’s not came home, she’s went out-of-town … for three days, I don’t know what’s going on."
"I can’t say she was unfaithful. I can say she wanted to get in vitro," the football player also claimed. "I can say she wanted to do some things to make sure she got pregnant."
"I just want to make sure it is mine," he explained.
Hartwell also claimed that the couple had "stopped having sex," saying, "What I learned about her is that if she wants something, she wants it now and she’s going to go get it."
"This is his baby," Pulliam said to ET. "He wanted more children. He was excited once he found out that we were having a little girl. There was never a question about that. ... No point after we got pregnant was there an issue of the fact that we're having a baby."