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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
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Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and her daughter Willow Smith attend VH1's Dear Mama Mother's Day Special taping in New York. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

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.

“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