Jada Smith never had enough space for an easy life, the actor has endured a great deal of pain throughout her life. Even through her childhood, Jada had to support her family and groom herself into a woman on her own.
Jada and Will Smith tied the knot in 1997 and the duo share two kids, Jaden and Willow Smith. However, the journey of her life has never been easy, the actor once revealed that she even had suicidal thoughts after severe depression.
Jada Smith Opened Up About Her Depression
The infamous Smith couple in Hollywood has been on the news with huge headlines after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. However, before that Jada Smith’s life was not a cakewalk as the actor revealed her severe depression leading her to the edge of suicidal thoughts. Speaking with People, the 52-year-old candidly revealed her state of depression. “When I turned 40, I was in so much pain. I couldn’t figure a way out besides death. So I made a plan,” she told the outlet.
“But, while I was really living the dream, I hit a huge wall — a massive amount of depression. I think that I looked at having outside sources to supplement for the voids that I was feeling inside.”
Jada had voices in her head constantly diminishing her will to live, “Just kill yourself. You’re not worth anything, you ain’t sh*t,” she continued. She started looking for places, “cliffs where I could have an accident, because I didn’t want my kids to think that their mother had committed suicide,” she added. The actor went on to live a tragic life for a while until she consolidated the matter with herself.
Jada Smith’s Road to Recovery
Jada’s road to recovery was quite interesting. A friend of her son Jaden Smith once mentioned a psychedelic drug, Ayahuasca which is considered to have medicinal properties. Their father went to an ayahuasca ceremony, and that immensely helped. Jada felt the need to try it out.
“Ayahuasca helped me, it gave me a new intimate relationship with myself that I had never had before. The suicidal thoughts completely went away,” she told People.
Jada also revealed that glamour and showbiz were not helping at the time of her depression but eventually, she found a way to deal with it. “Now, thankfully, I don’t get depressed,” she said in an episode of her show Red Table Talk. “I had to uproot some false beliefs. I had to just let go. I had to come to terms with what life is,” she added. The Collateral actor recently published her memoir Worthy and it is available to purchase.