Jada Pinkett Smith got overwhelmed with emotion while discussing her abusive father with her mother Adrienne and daughter Willow.
She sat down with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow Smith for an episode of Red Table Talk to discuss her abusive father Robsol Pinkett Jr.
The episode is titled “Domestic Abuse: When Love Turns Violet”.
She told the audience, “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?'”
Jada then asked Adrienne, “What was the worst incident that you experienced with my father?” to which Adrienne replied that there were many, referencing a scar on her back. Jada said, “That’s the scar when he threw you over the banister.”
The mother and daughter recalled that Robsol was particularly abusive when in an “altered state” meaning when he was either “high or drunk”.
Jada then revealed, “A violent drunk. See, I was a violet drunk too. That’s why I had to stop drinking.” Adrienne added, “He gave me a black eye once.”
Adrienne said her mother warned her about Robsol, saying, “You need to stay away from this guy, because I can see in his eyes something is wrong with him. Something is wrong at home.”
She also revealed a particularly violent incident which prompted her to leave, telling Jada, “What happened was he was angry about something. He came home angry. You and I were at mommy and daddy’s house, and he came over there and he pissed off about something.”
She continued, “I don’t even remember what the argument was about, but he started hitting me and he was in a rage. I was backing out of daddy’s den into the master bedroom and you were still in the den.”
She added, “And I said, ‘Oh my God! We left Jada.’ And I knew that he wasn’t gonna hurt you. He left the room to go get you, and I went through the bedroom out the master bath and down the steps and ran across the street to the neighbor. Ran across the street to the neighbor for them to call and get me some help.”
After the police arrived, Adrienne realized that it was time to leave that relationship.
Fans took to the comments below to reveal how hearing the story had helped them out:
The grandmother and mother-daughter duo shared many other painful family experiences as well.
Watch the whole episode here: