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Jada Pinkett Smith Became 'Extremely Suicidal' After Finding Success In Hollywood

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Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about some of her darkest struggles.
In the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, the actress revealed that she was “extremely suicidal” shortly after finding some Hollywood success in her early 20s.
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Sitting down with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and daughter, Willow Smith, the Girls Trip star recalled:

“I had an emotional breakdown that definitely, I feel like, affected my mental stability. I had gotten to L.A. and gotten a certain amount of success and realized that that wasn’t the answer … that that wasn’t what was going to make everything OK. Actually, it made things worse. And I became extremely suicidal and I had a complete emotional collapse.”

Pinkett, just 20 at the time, remembered calling her mother “in a panic,” explaining:

“It’s like when you just don’t have control over emotions, your thoughts — you feel completely and utterly out of control.”

Willow completely understood the sensation (she even had a name for it: “emotional illness.”) Back in May, the 18-year-old admitted that she previously struggled with mental health and self-harm, telling her mom and grandmother:

“It was after that whole Whip My Hair thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I kind was in this gray area of: ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’ I was cutting myself and doing crazy things.”

Watch the full episode (below) to hear all three women — along with guest, Kid Cudi — discuss the different ways they’ve confronted emotional illness.

Confronting Mental Illness

Jada reveals her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi joins the Table and talks about his mental health problems and battle with addiction.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Friday, December 14, 2018

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
[Image via Facebook Watch.]

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Dec 18, 2018 08:35am PDT