Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith Both Struggled To Forgive Their Fathers for Many Years of Their Lives

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Jada Pinkett Smith has a close relationship with her daughter, Willow Smith. They both struggled with the same things all their lives, such as depression. One thing fans would not have known was that the two actors had difficulty forgiving their fathers for several years of their lives.

Trey Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Will Smith
Trey Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Will Smith Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic

Jada Pinkett Smith’s father was not present in his youth

She had Jada’s mother, Adrienne Norris-Banfield, and her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr., when they were in high school. They married young and only stayed together for a few months. Her father also had another child, Caleeb Pinkett, but he left his mother when he was two years old.

The Matrix star invited her half-brother, Caleeb, to come to her talk show, Red Table Conversation, to discuss how difficult it is for both of them to forgive their father.

“He told me, ‘I’d rather get high than be a father,'” Caleeb remembers Robsol, who died in 2010.

Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother, Caleeb Pinkett
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett | David Livingston / Getty Images

During the record tour, Willow wanted to give it a go, but Will asked her to finish what she started. After that, she shook her head in revolt. It took several years to forgive her father for forcing her to continue when she was not happy.

Jada and Willow realized they had to forgive themselves

“I had to learn how to stop focusing on the things that are not going well,” Jada said.

It took several years, but the actor learned to look at what is going on in life.

“I had to forgive myself,” Willow realized. “I felt guilty because everyone was trying to make me better, trying to make my dream come true, but I didn’t understand what the dream meant.”

Both women admit that they must first forgive themselves.