After thinking about these deaths for days now, Jada Pinkett Smith decided to react to them on social media. In a very lengthy Instagram post, the actress used the two late celebs' suicides to reveal that at a certain part of her life, she was also suffering from dark thoughts about taking her own life. Thankfully, as time went on, she overcame, and became mentally and emotionally stronger.
“With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often,” she wrote on IG. “In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on… either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love.”
Pinkett Smith continued: “May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through.”
The actress grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a drug dealer during her youth, and attended Baltimore School for the Arts where she met and befriended the late 2pac. Pinkett Smith would later turn her life around and become the famed actress that we know today.
Read Jada Pinkett Smith's emotional message about suicide below.
If you're having suicidal thoughts and need immediate help coping, please call emergency services such as 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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