Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks On Her Estranged Father Wanting A Relationship After Her Fame
Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her relationship with her late father, revealing that he only wanted a relationship with her after she obtained fame. During Monday’s (December 3rd) episode of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, Jada spoke of her father, Robsol Pinkett, Jr. and said, "The issue for me was when I got into the position I got in and then he wanted to have a relationship. That hurt me. So when he died from that overdose I got the call from Caleb. And the most difficult thing about him dying like that is that 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 sh*t for me, you didn’t do sh*t for Caleb. I don’t owe you nothing. It was one of those." Jada’s half-brother, Caleb, agreed, saying, "I had the same conversation with him." She continued, "I was furious. And he told me, ‘That’s what the disease is. This is who I am.’ And that was deep. Because he’s saying that’s who I am but I am still who I am to you. He said, ‘I’m still your father.’" Jada went on to say, "I knew that my mother and my father had a very violent relationship early on. She has a couple scars on her body that, as a child, I was just curious. I was like, ‘Oh, Mommy, what’s that? What’s that?’ … This will be the first time that Willow’s actually heard these stories about her grandfather who she knew." Jada, her brother Caleb, daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones then discussed the scar on Banfield-Jones’ back from the time that Pinkett Smith’s father "threw" her "over the banister" and gave her a black eye. Banfield-Jones added, "Not to make this like an excuse … but he was typically in an altered state when he was abusive like that. He was typically drunk. I think women stay because they think that they’re in love. That’s what it was for me. I thought that it was love."