Jada Pinkett Smith: Star speaks bluntly about drug and alcohol addiction

Jada Pinkett Smith
Star speaks bluntly about drug and alcohol addiction

Jada Pinket Smith struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for years.

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It took Jada Pinkett Smith “ecstasy, alcohol, and weed” a long time to get through the day. It wasn’t until an incident on the set made her change.

In the Facebook format “Red Table Talk”, in which three generations of the artist family talk to Jada Pinkett Smith (49), Willow Smith (20) and Adrienne Banfield-Norris (67), people like to talk out of the box. This is also the case in the latest editionin which the wife of Hollywood star Will Smith (52) spoke bluntly about her self-destructive, but now overcome alcohol and drug addiction.

Even at a young age in high school, she was used to the “hard stuff”. “For me, drinking wine was like drinking glasses of water.” Her alcohol tolerance was so high early on that she had to get intoxicated with a mixture of “ecstasy, alcohol and weed”. “I put all three together, that was my cocktail,” said Pinkett Smith. But she kept her hands off of even harder drugs, which she did not name by name.

That she had to change something in her lifestyle, she suddenly realized in 1996 through an incident on the set of the comedy “The Crazy Professor” with Eddie Murphy (60). “I went to work and caught a bad load of ecstasy. I passed out and later told everyone that I must have taken expired medication (…).” Then she pulled herself together and went into cold withdrawal. “That was the last time,” she says now.