Willow Revealing a History of Self-Harm to Jada Pinkett Smith Wasn’t the Only Dramatic Moment From Her New Talk Show
In May 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith debuted her show Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch and fans couldn’t get enough of it. The online show features candid sit-downs with Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, as well as her daughter, Willow Smith, and no topic is off limits.
There have been a ton of dramatic moments and confessions we’d never thought we’d hear about sex, the actress dating Will Smith while he was still married to his first wife (page 5), and a celebrity feud no one knew about (page 6). Here are some of the most shocking revelations from the series.
Willow and Jaden had issues with how they were raised
- They disagreed with this parenting style
In one episode, Will Smith and Pinkett Smith’s son, Jaden, joined a discussion and along with his sister explained that they were upset about how their mother and father brought them up and handled their careers. The two said they regretted that they were kept in a “bubble” and not raised like other kids. They also thought their parents got them into the business too young and didn’t know what to do about their success.
“Just that the values of the people around me should have been the opposite. You and daddy should have been like, ‘OK, we value her musical growth and knowledge more than her popularity,'” Willow said adding that she shaved her head because of her post-fame struggles.
Pinkett Smith got emotional listening to her children and told them that she and her actor husband did what they had to do to raise them the best way they knew how.
Next: Willow confessed that has she used to hurt herself.
Willow admitted that she used to cut herself
- The young star used to self-harm
One of the most heartbreaking confessions was what Willow admitted about inflicting harm on herself. “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing, and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’” Willow told her mother.
The teen then went into detail about what she believes drove her to cut her wrists saying, “I was just plunged into this black hole and I was, like, cutting myself and doing crazy things … I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”
Pinkett Smith was so saddened to learn what her daughter had done and alarmed that she never saw the signs. Willow assured her that she’s not in that place anymore and hasn’t done anything like that in years.
Next: Willow had a surprising introduction to sex.
Willow was introduced to sex by walking in on her parents
- Willow walked in on her mom and dad
A moment that took really caught the actress by surprise is when Willow revealed that her introduction to sex was when she walked in on her parents. Pinkett Smith recounted to ET how her daughter responded when she asked, “What was your first introduction to sex?” Willow replied, “Walking in on you and Daddy.”
She was clearly taken aback and questioned the “Whip My Hair” singer about when that occurred since she no idea.”[Willow was like, ‘Oh, yeah, because I just knew that it was private time, and I wasn’t supposed to be there.”
Next: Pinkett Smith talked about going bald.
She got candid about losing her hair
- She struggles with hair loss
The star opened up about her hair-loss issues and her fear of going bald. “It was terrifying when it first started,” she shared. “I was in the shower one day and had handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh, my God, am I going bald?’ It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear.”
Pinkett Smith went on to say that ever since her hair started thinning she’s been cutting it short and wearing turbans. She also revealed that she began receiving steroid injections that were “helping, not curing, but helping” the problem.
Next: She dated Will while he was still married.
Pinkett Smith started dating Will Smith before he was divorced
- She was the other woman
In the first episode of the series, Pinkett Smith confessed that she started dating Smith while he was still married to his first wife, Sheree Fletcher.
The two women get along these days, but it wasn’t always that way as they shared while discussing the rocky start to their relationship. “Because I did not understand marriage, I did not understand divorce, I probably should have fell back because I feel like when Will and I first started dating, you know, I had this thing in my mind, I was like, ‘Oh OK, well you did that and that’s done,'” Pinkett Smith told Fletcher, who laughed and replied, “Oh, you thought it was done?”
Fletcher then remembered a time she called Smith’s home to talk to her son, Trey, and the Set It Off actress hung up on her. “I called back and happened to say, ‘B***h, you livin’ in the house I picked out,” Fletcher recalled. “And you said, ‘It’s my house now.'”
Next: The Girls Trip star feuded with one of her husband’s famous co-stars too.
The actress had a secret feud with Gabrielle Union
- They kept their rift under wraps
Another shocking revelation was when Pinkett Smith admitted that she secretly feuded with her husband’s Bad Boys 2 co-star, Gabrielle Union. The feud no one knew about lasted 17 years and the two stars decided to try and clear the air about what led to their bad blood.
“She and I had a situation 17 years ago that left a bad memory in both of our minds. But how about we can’t remember what the hell happened,” Pinkett Smith said.
Union agreed and added, “Neither one of us knows what originally took place back then. But the people that we had around us were like, ‘Well, you know how she feels about you’ … And then it was like, ‘OK, girl, bye.'”
Next: She recalled when she felt like she was going to die.
Pinkett Smith lost herself and thought she was ‘about to die’
- She lost sight of everything
“When you realize that you’ve lost yourself, that’s like devastating,” she said. “It’s like, ‘How do I get myself back?’ … I was withered, curled up in a ball about to die.”
She further explained that being a wife and a mother and dealing with all that comes with the Hollywood lifestyle are what caused her to lose herself over the years.
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