Justin Hartley on teaching his daughter to drive: ‘it’s the worst thing in the world’

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All I know about Justin Hartley is that he treated Chrishell Stause like crap and blindsided her with divorce papers. She’s an a-hole too, so I don’t have a dog in this fight. He has daughter Isabella, 16, from his first marriage, to his passions co-star Lindsay Korman. Hartley is teaching Isabella how to drive and it is not going well. He told Seth Meyers on his show that he thinks Isabella is trying to kill him for a couple of reasons. She’s running red lights and then locking him out of the house in the middle of the night. It sounds like things are tense for them in quarantine.

His daughter is a reckless driver
There’s nothing more terrifying than taking your daughter or son who knows nothing about driving and putting them behind the wheel. It’s the worst thing in the world. There’s got to be a better way to do this.

The other day I take her out and I’m doing the father-daughter thing.. We fill up the tank and I’m getting comfortable. And I go into the gas station and I have a sweet tooth so I just stock up on gummy bears.

I’m in the car and she’s driving and I open up the gummy bears and I’m eating them, shoving them in my mouth like a child. I look up and we are cruising through a four way – a red light. Reckless, she could not have cared less. We pulled the car over. She realized what she did and I looked at her and said ‘That could have been my last gummy bear. You have to be more careful.’

His daughter locked him and his girlfriend out of the house at 3am after they went swimming
Here I am at 3am knocking on my daughter’s window. She answers the front door. She looks at me and goes ‘why are you still here?’ I was replaying the events of the car, locking me out in the rain. My daughter is trying to kill me. I’m with this person who is very dangerous.

On lockdown
What’s strange is how quickly you get used to the new normal. Everybody is in a mask, it’s not safe to be around people. I’ve been home since March, haven’t gone anywhere except for work and my daughter tries to kill me in the car. That’s the creepy part is you start to get used to it. I don’t know how to talk to people anymore.

[From Late Night on YouTube via People]

Justin was kind of nervous in this interview and I found it endearing. I also like what he said about how he doesn’t know how to talk to people anymore and that this is the new normal. I couldn’t relate to his story about teaching his daughter to drive. I too live with a 16-year-old and am teaching him how to drive. Although the driving part can be stressful he’s not running red lights and then blowing it off like it’s no big deal! He really tries, he just doesn’t know small things that I take for granted about driving, like not to hesitate at key moments. We have only gone on the highway once though. That wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I would be so stressed out if we were driving on the highway regularly. That reminds me that we really need to do that this weekend. Maybe I’ll buy some Jelly Bellies for that ride. Gummy Bears are not my favorite, but I completely understand Justin eating them in handfuls when he’s in the passenger seat with his teenager at the wheel. Also, are teenage girls super ruthless or what? I know I was.

Here’s that interview!

Isabella Justice Hartley and father/actor Justin Hartley arrive at the 2019 PaleyFest LA -  NBC's 'This Is Us' held at the Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

Isabella Hartley and Justin Hartley at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena

photos credit: Avalon.red

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    I hit two fences when my dad tried to teach me to drive. He hired a behind the wheel driving school instructor. Best decision ever. There are indeed better ways, Justin.

    • Lexy says:

      Yeah, but we are in a pandemic, which limits those options.

    • BabsORIG says:

      My son almost hit a lamp post and I almost had a heart attack. Jeez…teaching yr kid to drive is the worst thing ever. 🙂

    • liz says:

      The first time I got behind the wheel of a car, we were in a parking lot at Jones Beach in the middle of the winter. It was a brilliant idea on the part of my father – the lot was huge and completely empty. There was nothing for me to hit, other than a few lamp posts (and I managed to miss those).

      I also have a 16 year old, who has no interest in learning to drive. We live in New York City and the kid got their first MetroCard in kindergarten. They have been using the subway independently since 8th grade. I would love for them to learn to drive, preferably before they leave for college, but it would be a complete disaster for me to teach them (almost as bad as their father’s attempt to teach me to drive a stick shift – after 20 years of marriage, that still ranks among the worst arguments we ever had).

  2. Mrs. Peel says:

    His private life may be a mess, but he’s really great (as is the entire cast) on This is Us.

  3. Joan Callamezzo says:

    Teaching a teenager how to drive is insanely stressful. Having them merge onto the highway is a nightmare. They don’t know what they don’t know.

    • Madelaine says:

      The basis of driving is to watch the road. The only thing Justin Hartley’s been successfully watching so far is his own reflection in the mirror. Self-absorbed people ain’t no drivers.

  4. MaryContrary says:

    I have no idea who he is (never seen his show) but I totally commiserate on the driving with teens. I’m on kid #3 and it’s probably one of my least favorite parenting tasks. If I could outsource all bazillion hours of having to take them out driving I would. The first time my husband took my daughter out to practice (the night she got her permit), they went driving in a parking lot. She got confused between the brake and the gas and then froze in fear. With her foot on the gas as my husband yelled at her to brake. He had to put his leg over the middle part of the seat to brake for her, and she swerved so she they wouldn’t go over an embankment. She ended up going up a median, and taking out both tires on the left side of the car. When he called to tell me she’d done this (like 10 minutes after they left the house) I thought he was joking. Needless to say, 6 years later and she only drives when she absolutely has to, and has yet to drive on the freeway (which is something considering we live in So Cal.)

  5. Emm says:

    Ugh, my kids are still years away from learning how to drive but the closer it gets and the more I think about the more I think 16 is way to young to be in control of a car, a potential killing machine. Maybe it’s the older I get the younger kids look but 16 year olds look so young to me.

    • Jane Smith says:

      Agreed! I get weekly covid tests for work at a nearby high school. The last time I was there was last Friday at afternoon dismissal time. I was nearly involved in 3 accidents in the parking lot. The children who were driving were just being so careless. I’m never going at that time again. It was terrifying!

  6. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    I remember when I was learning to drive the summer before my 16th birthday. My mom took me out first. We barely got to the corner before she started yelling lol By the end of that (SHORT) lesson, we both knew it was going to be my dad in that seat the next day 😄

    Went out w/my dad every night after dinner that summer. We had NO problem. It was a great, a really special time/memory we got to share. A few yrs. later, my dad also taught me how to drive a stick shift in 2 days, so I could take my new car back up to grad school with me. lol I STILL remember him telling me not to go over 55 mph on the FREEWAY because the car had to be “broken in”. OMG…little old ladies using walkers were going faster than me lol! I did call a dealership when I got back to school and asked them about that “rule”, and they said, yeah, NO. lol. New cars didn’t need that “break in” time anymore. Guess who *cruuuuuuised* with the moonroof open and the music blasting on the next visit home? 😄

  7. Tiffany says:

    I would think that Justin is exaggerating with this story….until I remember my mother taking me out to drive for the 1st time.

  8. salmonpuff says:

    My husband is in the process of teaching our second, and we were just saying we might not have had a third if we’d known how much it sucks to teach kids how to drive! (JOKE!) We thought toilet training was a pain, and we haven’t loved paying for braces, but teaching them to drive is SOOOO stressful. We live in the city, so streets are crowded with parked cars, and in the neighborhoods, you have to be resourceful and know the boundaries of your car to navigate when passing cars going the opposite way — and they just don’t know how to do that without hands-on experience.

  9. Maple 🍁 says:

    I agree
    This is the worst “stage” yet
    I would take teething and terrible twos over this 100x over

  10. Kimberly says:

    I don’t like this guy. I don’t watch his show so I have no opinion there. But the times I’ve seen him interviewed a/o written about he just comes across as cocky and insincere. He was on a Property Brothers show where they choose a celebrity to “give back” to someone important in their life. He chose his realtor!? A guy he’s known for a few years and likes to drink beer with. 🤦‍♀️

  11. TheOriginalMia says:

    I’m not looking forward to baby sis’ turn to learn to drive. Middle sis just about killed herself and others. I took her for her driving test, using my car. She reversed without looking in the parking lot and almost hit two cars. I told her to get out and moved my car myself. When she went inside to sign up, I called my dad and told him there was no way she was passing that test. Miraculously, she did. Of course, she’s wrecked several times over the years and survived, but yeah…not looking forward to baby sis’ turn.

  12. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I liked the she’s an a-hole too comment @Celebitchy. Ha ha. I am so late to that show, but finally got into a watching dilemma being at home (like everyone) and watched Sunset. I don’t like her, or many of them, either, I had to stop watching, same with the Bling show. But, also same that I don’t know him either, divorce is difficult and who knows, but finding out publicly is no fun. Other binge show recommendations?

  13. sassafras says:

    When things around here were truly shutdown in the spring/ summer, I took my 16 year old out so much so she could drive on nearly empty streets. But yeah, now that streets are busier I’m beside myself. It feels like people are driving faster and worse now. I think some people forgot how to drive during shutdown and people are stressed and angry and distracted. Everything feels more fraught. Or maybe I’m just a mama bear with a baby driver.

  14. Willow says:

    What? Maybe I need to watch the video because the way this reads he’s making his daughter sound mean or clueless. If she’s locking him out of the house, he probably deserves it. And why are you swimming at 3am with your girlfriend when you have a child at home? Can you imagine the uproar if a woman had told this story?

  15. Case says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and say his daughter was responsible for having the doors locked at 3 in the morning!

    Justin used to be on a soap I watched, Y&R, and he is HOT (and I don’t feel that strongly about too many dudes, lol). He’s also such a good actor. But I honestly think he seems like an arrogant jerk IRL.

  16. Feebee says:

    Ha, my husband and daughter came in from a driving lesson last night…. tears,.. it did not go well. They didn’t go that swell with my father and I either. It’s a universal thing, it should probably be banned. 🙂

  17. Kathie says:

    My dad taught me how to drive a stick. The first time we came back he told my mom that I was a magician and that I had turned the car into a rabbit because it was hopping so much. 🙂

  18. Detnow359 says:

    She reminds me so much of her mom in that first pic from her days on Passions and All My Children. I see her dad in other pics but so much of Lindsay in others. Has her mom’s smile.

  19. HeatherC says:

    My dad taught me to drive in a 1984 Reliant (it was old even then) with bench seats, My dad was 6’2″ and I was maybe 5’1″ so his knees were almost to his chest as he tried to remain calm and clutch the dashboard, It was stressful for the both of us!

  20. Katharine Griffiths says:

    One of my clearest memories of my teenage years was my mum teaching me to drive and how insanely stressful it was and our multiple fall outs. When my daughter turned 17 – UK person here and can’t imagine a 16 year old driving – I didn’t get into the car with her till about a week before her test. It was all left to her dad.

  21. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I’m from Poland and the thought of 16-year olds being able to drive after being thaught by their parents scares me a lot. Here we can only get a licence after we turn 18, only a certified driving instructor can teach us how to drive (it’s mandatory to sign up for a special driving course) in a special car which has a brake pedal also on the passenger’s (instructor’s) side so if anything dangerous happens, the teacher hits the brakes and saves the day. And the car has a letter “L” for learning plastered across the vehicle and the sign on the roof so everyone knows to be careful. Most people don’t pass the driving exam the first time they take it, because it’s super, super difficult, Thousands of possible technical questions they might ask you on a test, plus driving test around the busy city streets and the examiner can fail you for anything.