During the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jaden Smith opened up about his weight gain after his family decided to have an intervention in 2019.
Jaden Smith, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne "Gammy" Banfield-Norris, appeared on Red Table Talk where he discussed his gut health and mentioned that his family had an intervention with him in 2019 to make him understand their raising concerns about his health.
Jaden said, "I was able to work with the doctors and get my vitamins and get my supplements and protein shakes. That's half of my diet. It's like a password that I have to find for my body. I'm, like, 10 lbs. heavier now at this point. I feel like I’m putting on weight. I’m able to put on my muscles. "
Talking about the intervention held for Jaden Smith in 2019, Jada shared that she and Will Smith had become concerned for their son’s health, who had started to become thinner and develop dark circles under his eyes due to his vegan diet. The parents were worried that Jaden’s diet did not have enough protein for his body to gain muscle. Jada shared, "Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein. He was wasting away. He just looked drained. Furthermore, he was just depleted. He wasn’t getting the nutrients. We got nervous."
Will Smith had previously shared the same and quoted, "There was even grayness to his skin." Jaden explained, "I also just want to say that I’m vegetarian. I’ve tried to be vegan. I’ll go vegan for a week or so, but for the past year, I’ve been vegetarian. I was just eating, like, two meals a day... maybe one. Maybe just that one big meal, and I’m like, "Oh, you know, I didn’t get around to it."
Jaden Smith had previously expressed that he got annoyed when his parents decided to discuss his health and intervention in public, but he’s happy that that has helped him handle his nutrition in a better way. Explaining the same, the singer-actor said, "That was a long way from where I was when I was at Coachella, where I was just, like, bones. I thought I was so tight! I was like, This. I’m swagging on this. Like, I need to take off my shirt right now. '
Jaden further talked about his digestive problems and shared, "My biggest gut problem would be, like, just not being hungry when I need to be." Or being stressed. I have pain too. I do have pain. I eat so much sugar that I get a candida buildup that happens in my stomach. " Adrienne pointed out that Jaden has been eating pancakes every day since he was a child, and
The three of them also talked about how certain people find Brussels sprouts more appetizing if they are cooked in a certain way. Adding to this statement, Jaden said, "When they're cooked right, they're fried, and they're crispy, it's like, man, Brussels sprouts, it's up there with bacon when cooked a certain way."
This is not the first time Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s children have opened up about their health issues, as earlier this year, Willow Smith got candid about her mental health during an episode of "The Youngblud Podcast," where she shared, "I was doing the Jimmy Fallon performance and I had a flashback of being, like, 10 or 9 and, like, having an anxiety attack on set. And basically feeling like everyone around me was just saying, "You're just a brat." Why aren't you grateful? You're having an anxiety attack, "but they didn't see it as an anxiety attack." They saw it as a tantrum. "
Willow further added that she felt like she needed to take some time off to process those feelings and shared during the podcast, "I need to go into a little meditation. I need to separate myself from the situation a little and kind of tell myself, "You're not 9." You're a grown ass woman. '... And so I have to retrain my mind. So, my mental health is in a very fragile state, but I think it's a state where it's about to grow in a really awesome way. "
In May 2018, Willow, during an episode of Red Table Talk, shared that she used to cut herself after she slipped into depression post her song release, "Whip My Hair". Willow added, "I honestly feel like I lost my sanity at one point. It was after that whole "Whip My Hair" thing. I had just stopped doing singing lessons. I was kind of just in this gray area of, "Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything else I can do besides this? After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album. And I was like, "I’m not going to do that." After all of that settled down, I started listening to a lot of dark music. It was just so crazy. I had just plunged into this black hole. I was, like, cutting myself and doing crazy things. "
Jada Pinkette Smith had no idea that Willow self-harmed and asked her why she didn’t talk to them about how she was feeling, to which the singer added, "I never talked about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life, but you have to pull yourself out of it."
The Smiths have always tried to talk about uncomfortable topics in public so that the people who look up to them would find the courage and willpower to speak up as well.