Jada Pinkett-Smith, Her Mom and August Alsina Reveal Addictions On “Red Table Talk”

During Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook-hosted “Red Table Talk”, a bit of tea always gets thrown. And often its the host herself who does the spilling about her own life.

The latest episode of the popular web series was no exception, as Jada bared more insight into her already-documented struggle with sex addiction. In a previous episode, Jada confided that her Grandma taught her how to masturbate at age 10.

Joined by her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Will Smith’s youngest sister Ashley Marie and singer August Alsina, Pinkett-Smith talked about her struggle with having a tendency to form various addictions.

“My sort of addictions jump, they jump around,” Pinkett Smith explained. “When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind. That everything could be fixed by sex. You know what I’m saying?”

She confessed she also developed a gym addiction, en route to an acohol addiction. She said she hit rock bottom one night while prepping herself to down her third consecutive bottle.

“I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle and was like, now hold up, you in this house by yourself going for your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.”

“So, I went cold turkey,” the 46-year-old actress said. “I am a binger and I always have to watch myself and how I can get obsessed with things. It’s not what you’re doing it but why you’re doing it …. if you want to have a lot of sex, that’s great, but why are you having all that sex? That’s what you gotta look at.”

Jada’s father died of a drug overdose.

Her mother talked about overcoming a heroin addiction. Ms. Banfield-Norris is still stunning at 63 years old, and 27 years clean.

“I have to put it on somebody else, it wasn’t about me. I had already lost my mother, I had already lost a husband, I had already lost another relationship. My friends were already frustrated with me, my sister was frustrated with me. I knew my job was in jeopardy,” she said of her downward spiral. “I had this man come back in my life and he said to me, ‘I heard you had been into treatment,’ and I started communicating with this person and we had an opportunity for a relationship that I thought would not happen. So its sad to say that I did it for a man.”

“But at the end of the day, you get to wherever you get and hopefully the light will go on and you’ll realize that it’s about you,” she said, crying as she looked at her daughter. “And I had to come to the understanding that there was a power that God …. that God had been looking out for us, you and me both, through all of that. I just had to let go.”

Singer August Alsina made headlines in 2014 after he fell into a coma following a seizure. He reportedly only had marijuana in his system, although the rumor mill claimed he was under the influence of a lot more.
He now says he struggled with a Percocet addiction, a habit that came after he was released from the hospital.

“I was literally raining pills,” Alsina admitted. He aid he took the pills to escape the pain. It was a phone call from Jada that he says turned things around for him.

“I was on tour and you called me and literally broke down about it,” he explained. “To feel your emotion and hear you bawling, that was really a reality check for me. I was like, wow, if someone else can love you that much that it hurts them, why doesn’t it bother you that you’re hurting yourself? That moment really changed the trajectory of my life, just to start walking away from it.”

Alsina was rumored to be dating Pinkett-Smith’s mother, even though there is a nearly 35 year age difference between them. She is also credited with helping him overcome his addiction.

Less dramatically, Will Smith’s sister Ashley spoke about her addiction to weed.

“I was always high. I would wake up and smoke, I would go to work and on break time, smoke again … all the time,” she explained. “If I feel myself coming down, we’re going again. It was always a way to make it through the moment, through the tears. I’m sad because I lost my mom. My mom is gonna always be gone, how can I ever be okay with that pain. Daddio is gone. He’s gonna always be gone.”

Jada Pinkett-Smith hosts the Red Table Talk every week.

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