Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Her Unhealthy Relationship With Porn

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Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Her Unhealthy Relationship With Porn

By: Samantha Kelly

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Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed some things about her younger self that may come as a surprise. In yesterday’s episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” Jada opened up to her audience, telling about how she once had an “unhealthy relationship with porn.”

She sat on-stage with her co-hosts, daughter Willow and mother Adrienne. It was presumably a difficult subject to talk about with family members as co-hosts!

“I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence,” Jada said. She explained that wasn’t in a relationship during this addiction, and had met Will later on in her life. Jada explained that her porn addiction gave her feelings of “emptiness” and “false expectations” when it come to real-life sexual relations. She also talked about the effects of porn on relationships, and how hardcore videos can be “profoundly disturbing” to one’s psychological wellbeing.

Jada and Will have always been questioned and doubted about their parenting--and openly talking about Jada’s porn addiction is characteristic of the Smiths’ open parenting style. “Parents have to give themselves much more forgiveness,” she explained in a 2018 interview, “When you become a parent, you have these huge ideals, even for yourself. Because we’re all coming into parenting with our own childhood traumas and you’re hoping you can fix all that through your own rearing of your children, and you can’t.”

Jada’s open discussion of past issues with family and loved ones will likely help to keep her children (and inspired audiences) safe and healthy.

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