Whatever the Smith parents do, it is evident that it keeps their children very close to them. They are a close-knit family, so it’s surprising that Jada had such pain from her father, Robosol Pinkett Jr. She and the late actor had a “terrible” fight before he died, Jada recalled.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s father struggled with drugs and alcohol
Jada’s mother Adrienne “Gammy” Norris-Banfield and her father Robsol Pinkett Jr. had them as teenagers in high school. They married young and only stayed together briefly. Jada was a baby when they divorced.
Her father also had another child, Caleeb Pinkett, but left his mother when he was two years old. Robsol adopted a child at a point later in life when he was sober. Die Matrix Star invited her half-brother, Caleeb, to her talk show. Red Table Talkto discuss how difficult it is for both of them to forgive their father.
“He told me, ‘I’d rather be high up than your father,'” says Caleeb of Robsol, who died in 2010.
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Jada recalls how much Robsol struggled with drugs and alcohol her entire life. She recalls that he fell off the wagon many times in her life.
“He told me at 7,” adds Jada. ‘I can’t be your father. I am a criminal. I’m an addict and that’s it. ‚”
Both Jada and Caleeb were very upset with their father. Before he died, the siblings tried to help him after a relapse, but tried hard to forgive him.
Jada regrets the “terrible fight” she had with her father before he died
At one point in Robsol’s life, Caleeb told his sister that they had to take her father to California because he had relapsed again. Jada struggled with this realization, but did it anyway because she knew he needed help.
“We felt we had to be responsible for him, but he didn’t have to be responsible for us,” Jada recalls.
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She also hates that he wanted to develop a relationship with her when she “got in the position” that she is in Hollywood with her fame and fortune. After helping Robsol sober up, it wasn’t long before he relapsed. The last time it was an overdose and he died.
“The hardest part of him dying like this is that he and I had a terrible fight when I found out he was relapsing,” regrets Jada. “I said, ‘I don’t owe you anything. ‘You didn’t shit for me. You didn’t shit for Caleeb. I don’t owe you anything. ‘It was one of those. ”
Her brother had the same conversation with her father; However, Robsol said, “This is the disease. This is me.”
Caleeb and Jada realized that the addiction wasn’t about them. They had to forgive themselves first to forgive their father.
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