Jada opens up about re­sent­ing her fa­ther

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Jada Pin­kett Smith has opened up about the “re­sent­ment” she had for her drug ad­dict fa­ther when she was grow­ing up.

Speak­ing with her half­brother, ac­tor-pro­ducer Caleeb Pin­kett, and her Red Ta­ble Talk (talk show) co-stars, her daugh­ter Wil­low and mother Adri­enne Ban­field-jones, Smith said: “We had a lot of re­sent­ment. We had that feel­ing like we had to be re­spon­si­ble for him (fa­ther), but he never had to be re­spon­si­ble for us, and that was a hard pill for me to swal­low. He told me at seven, ‘I can’t be your fa­ther. I’m a crim­i­nal, I’m an ad­dict and that’s just what it is.’”

The 47-year-old only learned over the phone from her brother that their fa­ther had died from an over­dose shortly af­ter she had had a “hor­ren­dous” ar­gu­ment with him, re­ports fe­male­first.co.uk.

She said, “The most dif­fi­cult part of him dy­ing like that is be­cause he and I had had a hor­ren­dous fight when I found out that he re­lapsed. I was like, ‘I don’t owe you noth­ing. You didn’t do s**t for me, you didn’t do s**t for Caleeb. I don’t owe you noth­ing.’”

We had that feel­ing like we had to be re­spon­si­ble for him (fa­ther), but he never had to be re­spon­si­ble for us, and that was a hard pill for me to swal­low.

JADA PIN­KETT SMITH AC­TOR

PHOTO: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

Jada Pin­kett Smith’s late fa­ther, Rob­sol Pin­kett, Jr., was a drug ad­dict

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