Why Jada Pinkett Smith Believes She and Her Brother, Caleeb Pinkett, Have a ‘Shared Source of Pain’


Jada Pinkett Smith once shared that she and her younger brother, Caleeb Pinkett, linked over their father, Robsol Pinkett Jr. drug abuse, which occurred in their heyday.

In December 2018, Jada invited Caleeb to appear on it Red Table Conversation, each People. Jada will host a Facebook Watch show with her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett will attend Universal Pictures' premiere "Girls Tour" at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Caleeb Pinkett | David Livingston / Getty Images

Jada revealed on the show that she and Caleeb suffered painful moments with their father who shaped where they are in their lives today.

Jada Pinkett Smith said Robsol Pinkett, Jr. a ‘shared source of pain’ for herself and Caleeb Pinkett

Caleeb Pinkett is the half-brother of Jada Pinkett Smith. They both have the same biological father, but Caleeb grew up in California with his mother while Jada and her mother lived in Baltimore, Maryland, in her youth.

Jada divided it Red Table Conversation although she knew her father was ill, she found no way to forgive him. She said he didn’t show any interest in her until her acting career began with films like Set it, Professor Nutty and Am Matrix.

“The question for me was when I got into the situation I was in and then he wanted to have a relationship. That hurt me, ”Jada admitted.

Jada said she was unwilling to move past her issues with Robsol but it became a negative experience with him shortly before he died. She said they got into an argument after Jada learned that her father was abusing drugs again.

“So when he died of that, I got word from Caleeb. And the hardest thing about dying like that is that he and I had a terrible fight when I found out he did it again, ”Jada recalled. “I was like, ‘I have nothing for you. Thou hast not forsaken me; you did no work for Caleb. I have nothing for you. ‘That was one of those. “

Jada Pinkett Smith said Caleeb Pinkett handled the death of Robsol Pinkett Jr. with ‘so much grace’

Robsol died of drug overdose in February 2010 at the age of 57. When Caleeb informed Jada that their father had died, Jada said she could not accept that he was gone. She said she felt guilty about his death because of their fight. She recalled that she could not help with Robsol’s funeral arrangements and said Caleeb was willing to “step up” at the time.

ada Pinkett Smith and his brother Caleeb Pinkett attend the next party for Columbia Pictures' screening "Conclusion" on November 23, 2015 in Westwood, California.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Caleeb Pinkett | Todd Williamson / Getty Images

“He had to identify the body, he had to take care of the funeral arrangements, and for that to happen and I didn’t have to pay attention to it? You had it, ”Jada said of Caleeb. “The way he handled it was with so much strength and so much grace, and that’s when he grew up for me at that time. It was an amazing time for my little brother to be able to step in for me. ”