Jada Pinkett Smith reveals growing up with domestic abuse

Lawrence Kim
November 20, 2018

Jada Pinkett-Smith, 47, got brutally honest in the latest episode of her Red Table Talk web series. "I feel bad about that". In previous episodes, she admitted to racist thoughts about white women ― blondes in particular ― and a past sex addiction. But whatever the reasons were, you have to - at the end of the day - you have to protect yourself'.

Jada's daughter Willow Smith, 18, also sat down to join the discussion. "I have so much compassion in knowing what he had gone through", she explained.

"I've definitely been in relationships that have been emotionally abusive", Smith shared.

Interestingly, she further admitted that when a Black family member Wednesday a white man, they tended to accept him more because he acted "more Black".

"She then credited Spike Lee for "[saving] me from that one", as he wanted to talk to her about a role in "Girl 6".

"We were coming from a restaurant and he had been drinking and he was driving and he started getting really aggressive in the auto", she said, before turning to Willow.

"I ran to the house, I had to take my clothes off, I had to take off my heels, and I always travel with a black Russell hoodie and black Russell sweats just in case something pops off", she recalls.

Smith continued, "I remember jumping in that sweatsuit, grabbing a big ol' knife from the kitchen and hiding in his son's room".

"We were coming from a restaurant and he had been drinking and he was driving and he started getting really aggressive in the vehicle", she said, before reminding Willow, "This is why I always tell you, pay attention to your surroundings just in case you have to make a quick exit". 'You know, cause I was pretty harsh on him'.

The star said she nervously waited as she heard her boyfriend enter the house from the back door.

Though the mother of Willow and Jayden Smith didn't fully explain how that risky night ended, she explained that director Spike Lee had a heavy hand in how the relationship ended.

"I got on that plane and he never saw me again", she said. She says they bumped into her ex when she attended a wedding and he was at the same resort. Not a bad guy at all, very sweet guy, but just has those tendencies of violence.

"I went through the bedroom out the master bath and down the steps and ran across the street to the neighbor", she said. "There is help and you deserve better. She will tell you we gave her a hard time because we didn't welcome her with open arms and she really had to prove herself".

Heartbreaking stories of domestic abuse are revealed when Adrienne shares her traumatic experiences at the hands of Jada.

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