Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Was ‘Extremely Suicidal’ During The Early Days Of Her Career

Jada Pinkett Smith is opening about having suicidal thoughts.

In a short preview for Monday’s episode of Smith’s Facebook series “Red Table Talk”, the “Girls Trip” actress, 47, chatted about the struggles she faced when she first moved to Los Angeles several years ago.

“I had gotten to LA and gotten a certain amount of success and realized that that wasn’t the answer,” she said. “[The success] wasn’t what was going to make everything okay. [It] actually made this worse.”

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“I was extremely suicidal,” Smith continued. “I had a complete emotional collapse.”

Smith has been very open about her struggles with mental illness, says she called her mom in a panic: “It’s like when you just don’t have control over emotions, your thoughts, you feel completely and utterly out of control. I don’t even think, at that particular time, I understood what I was going through.”

“Now I know that it was what people would consider a nervous breakdown,” she said.

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Kid Cudi joins the panel for Monday’s episode, he too has struggled with mental illness.

“For a long time, I was not happy when I woke up in the morning,” Cudi said. “Just being like, ‘why don’t I feel okay?’ I thought maybe it was stress. At that point, I was doing an album every year, so I thought maybe I was overdoing it and I needed to take a break.”

On Saturday, both Pinkett Smith and Cudi reached out with supportive messages for Pete Davidson following his troubling post on Instagram.

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“Red Table Talk” airs Mondays on Facebook Watch.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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