A father of a ‘D-list celebrity’ who became famous for his breakdancing career that began later in life has responded to this TikTokker’s daughter who accused him of ‘abandoning’ his family to pursue his hobby.
In a light-hearted video posted last week, Madi Hart expressed her ‘funny trauma’ and claimed that her father Ben Hart, stage name Beni-Hana, left his family and became a breakdancer at the age of 60.
The California-based comedian, who has more than 67,000 followers on the platform, said her father “got really good” at the art form and his career “exploded when he became the oldest breakdancer in the world.” “.
But she is apparently disappointed in her father, claiming that he “left his wife and four children” and did not seek joint custody or “pay my medical bills while I was growing up.”
In an equally light-hearted video, Ben fired back at his daughter, claiming that her allegations that he didn’t pay her medical bills are simply false and that he paid a total of around $5 million to his ex-wife in child support and alimony. his four children.
Ben makes it clear that he didn’t make money through his dancing skills, but through the ad writing business.
California-based comedian Madi Hart expressed her ‘funny trauma’ in a TikTok video where she claims her father Ben Hart, stage name Beni-Hana, ‘abandoned’ her family to become a breakdancer at the age of 60 years.
Ben Hart pictured as he smiles and rewatches his daughter’s ‘abandonment’ video
Madi encouraged her followers to share with her a “trauma you have that’s funny.”
Starting the conversation, the comedian, who supposedly studied theater at university, decided to share a story from her childhood.
“My father abandoned my family when I was five years old, that is, a wife and four children, he abandoned us and then he dedicated himself to amateur breakdancing,” he told his followers.
‘And he got really good, he liked to explode. He became a viral breakdancer of D-list celebrity status. He became the oldest active breakdancer in the world.
He shared footage of Ben appearing on Good Morning America and dancing to the hip-hop song used in his choreography.
“This guy wouldn’t pay my medical bills,” he said, slapping his hands together to emphasize his point. ‘The worst part, damn, it’s good. He shouldn’t be able to move his body like that, it’s impossible, it’s beautiful.’
She said there was “no split custody” growing up and reiterated again that her father allegedly “just abandoned” her family.
Hart made light of the video of his daughter, smiling as he watched it again and talked about how proud he is of all of his children.
He attributes Hart’s misunderstanding about being “abandoned” to her being so young when her parents split up and not understanding what was happening.
‘I can see that when she was five, Madi saw her father as having abandoned the family. One day she lived there and the next day she didn’t. And that will look like abandonment to a child,’ she stated.
Ben added that he lived a mile away during his children’s youth in Illinois. “We just didn’t live under the same roof.”
Madi jokes in her video that she “may not have paid some of my medical bills, but she did give me this breakdancing merchandise” and pointed to the T-shirt she was wearing that featured a photo of Ben dancing on her head.
She claimed that Ben tries to contact her sometimes and shared a photo of a text message he allegedly sent her that reads, “I lost track of the date.” Happy Birthday? I hope you’re doing well.’
In another message he allegedly sent her a link to one of his breakdancing videos.
Ben then goes into numbers and says that at the time of the divorce, he paid his wife $2 million up front, followed by $18,000 a month, plus health insurance and a $600,000 college fund.
‘Now, of course, there’s no way of knowing how much she was paying because she was a girl. This wasn’t something I talked about… I saw the kids all the time, no abandonment, just a divorce.’
Ben goes on to say that he was 70 percent responsible for the divorce, but was ultimately not compatible with his ex-wife. He claims that he does not regret the marriage and that he loves his children.
Later in the clip, Ben treats his viewers to a demonstration of his breakdancing skills. Among those who responded to Ben’s video was X owner Elon Musk.
“You are amazing,” the South African billionaire wrote.
‘Thank you Elon. I’m a big fan of yours. “Tesla and Bitcoin are my two biggest investments,” Ben responded.
Ben Hart (pictured breakdancing) became “the oldest active breakdancer in the world,” appearing on several talk shows and even performing with Paula Abdul, Madi claimed.
DailyMail.com was unable to independently verify Madi’s allegations against Ben, but the pair appear to have maintained a cordial relationship. Madi and Ben appear together at her graduation ceremony at Northwestern University.
Ben’s Facebook page features several photos of him with his children, including Madi. He appears in the photo having dinner with his children in August 2021.
Ben’s Facebook page features several photos of him with his children, including Madi. The couple has shared meals together over the years and even attended their graduation ceremony at Northwestern University.
More recently, in June of last year, Ben made a post congratulating Madi on landing a job on a popular streaming platform.
He wrote: ‘Madi and I are not aligned on many political issues. But we have good discussions. We get along very well and I’m super proud of her.
‘You have chosen a difficult industry to try to succeed in: Hollywood and entertainment. But she is hardworking, feisty, super creative and very intelligent. So I’m sure she’ll make it.
Madi, in her TikTok video caption, told her followers: ‘Please don’t bully him by the way, you just have to laugh!’
One November 2018 Wall Street Journal article about Ben’s breakdancing begins with the words: “His four children think it’s embarrassing.” His wife is worried that he will get hurt. But Ben Hart, 60, is addicted to breakdancing.’
DailyMail.com has contacted both Ben, via Facebook, and Madi, via Instagram, for comment.