Monday, December 6, 2021

Jada Pinkett Smith Gets Emotional Talking About Parents’ Abusive Relationship

*Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” wouldn’t be as successful as it is if she didn’t spill all the tea about her personal business.

And Monday’s episode was no exception, as the actress dished on dealing with domestic violence.

Jada talks to her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, about her abusive relationship with her father, the late Robsol Pinkett Jr., who died in 2010. Adrienne reveals that Pinkett Jr. physically abused her and was typically drunk during his violent spells.

“See, I was a violent drunk too, that’s why I had to stop drinking,” Jada replies.

“He gave me a black eye once, and I tried to hide it from Mommy, but she saw it,” Adrienne says.

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(L-R): Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Jada Pinkett Smith
(L-R): Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Jada Pinkett Smith

She also shares that the breaking point came when he arrived at her parents’ house and started hitting her while “in a rage” and she had to flee to a neighbor’s house for help. 

“His addiction — he just wasn’t rational,” Adrienne says. “I feel like once again I’m trying to make excuses for him. And I think that’s what women do. But whatever the reasons were, you have to — at the end of the day  — you have to protect yourself.”

Jada breaks down talking about her late father, who she describes as a “gentle soul.”

“It’s not easy to hear that your parents experienced that together,” she says, as Adrienne remarks that she wishes Robsol was still alive to share his side of the story.

“Now that I’m older, I have so much more compassion in knowing what he had gone through. You know, ’cause I was pretty harsh on him.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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