Jada Pinkett Smith says she feels a lot of “guilt” about how she left things with her absentee father when he overdosed.
On the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk,” Jada and her half-brother Caleeb talk about their late father Robsol Pinkett, Jr. and how they’ve learned to forgive him for being an addict who was absent for most their lives.
“We grew up with different mothers on opposite coasts, but our father is a shared source of pain,” Jada, 47, said. “It’s about finding forgiveness for the man who gave us both life and also hurt us the most.”
Caleeb says Robsol was sober for 20-25 years before he fell off the wagon. Jada says she brought Robsol out to California where he was clean for three years and then fell off the wagon again and overdosed in 2010.
“We both had a lot of resentment,” Jada said. “We had the feeling like we had to be responsible for him, but he never had to be responsible for us and that was a hard pill for me to swallow.”
But the thing that Jada says hurt the most, is that he only wanted to have a relationship with her after she became famous.
Jada found out from Caleeb that her father had died. Caleeb went down to ID the body and took care of all the funeral arrangements.
“The most difficult part of him dying like that is cause he and I had had a horrendous fight when I found out that he relapsed. I was like, ‘I don’t owe you nothin.’ You didn’t do s–t for me, you didn’t do s–t for Caleeb. I don’t owe you nothin’.’ It was one of those,” she said adding she felt a lot of “guilt” because of that conversation.
Caleeb said he had the same angry talk with their father, who told him, “That’s what the disease is.”
On an earlier episode of the series, Jada and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones had an open conversation about the domestic abuse Jones suffered at the hands of Robsol, recalling when he once threw her over a banister.
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