Jada Pinkett Smith contemplated suicide, was shocked to learn daughter self-harmed
Jada Pinkett Smith said she was “shocked” after her daughter Willow Smith confided in her that she resorted to self-harm to cope with sudden fame.hollywood Updated: Jun 14, 2018 18:13 IST
Jada Pinkett Smith said she was “shocked” after her daughter Willow Smith confided in her that she resorted to self-harm to cope with sudden fame.
The 46-year-old actor-entrepreneur said it was a tough moment for her as a mother for not being able to protect her child.
Willow Smith recently revealed on Jada’s Facebook show The Red Table that she used to cut herself when she became a singing sensation, at the age of 10, after the release of her 2010 hit single Whip My Hair.
“In that particular moment Willow was speaking from a place of power and as her mother I needed to meet her there instead of crumbling within my own insecurities or within my own doubts or ‘Oh my goodness. What did I do wrong?’
“It was like my daughter was revealing something to me in a place of power in which she had come through, so in that moment I had to meet her in that space that she was in and go, ‘Okay’,” Smith told Megyn Kelly on her talk show.
The actor made an appearance on the NBC show where she also talked about mental health and the stigma attached to it in the wake of suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
Smith, who recently in an Instagram post revealed that she once contemplated committing suicide, said looking back she hopes somebody had comforted her during those difficult times.
One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on... either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand... but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.
“It’s like life is a journey to help us get to a place of healing and I wish somebody had told me that. I wish somebody had told me that it’s gonna be okay. You know, we’re gonna have obstacles. You’re gonna have really dark times.
“Just understand. Keep stepping, cause life starts to reveal itself to you and the light will come. Keep stepping,” she said.
“I just felt like also in this world today we talk so much about what’s happening on the outside and we don’t talk enough about what’s going on within us. I wanted a place where we could feel safe to do that, and I do that often within my own family,” she added.
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First Published: Jun 14, 2018 18:12 IST