Willow Smith Brings Her Mom Jada Pinkett Smith To Tears By Revealing She Used To Self-Harm: 'I Was Cutting Myself'

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Just two episodes in, Jada Pinkett Smith and her family are already making some serious waves on their new web series Red Table Talk.

On the most recent installment, out Monday, the 46-year-old actress and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones were shocked by her daughter Willow's admission in a segment about surviving loss: She used to self-harm. 

After Willow's hit song "Whip My Hair" dropped in 2010, the now-17-year-old felt like she "lost my sanity," she explained: "I had just like stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of in this gray area of, 'Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything 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 just like, 'I'm not gonna do that,' " she continued. "And after all that kind of settled down and it was like a lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music and it was just so crazy."

Then she dropped a bombshell: "I was just plunged into this black hole and I was, like, cutting myself." She was just nine years old at the time.

That revelation clearly came as a shock to Jada, whose eyes welled up with tears as she learned what her daughter once went through.

"Willow, I had no idea," Jada admitted. "I never saw any signs of that."

Willow is far from the first female celebrity to have battled with mental health issues in the public eye. Read on to learn about other celebrities who have opened up about their depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.

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Cara Delevigne

The 25-year-old model once considered attempting suicide in her New York City apartment because she was experiencing "a massive wave of depression, anxiety, and self-hatred," she told Vogue in 2015.

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Angelina Jolie

The 42-year-old actress has spoken candidly about battling depression as a teenager: "I grew up in L.A., where focus is very inward. I didn’t know why I was so destructive and miserable. I didn’t appreciate or understand my life," she told WSJ Magazine three years ago.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

The 48-year-old actress revealed in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, which ended up being a godsend for her personally: "Finding out that it was called something was the best thing to ever happen to me!" she told Good Housekeeping in 2016. "The fact that there was a name for my emotions and that a professional could talk me through my symptoms was very liberating."

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Gwyneth Paltrow

The 45-year-old actress opened up about her struggle with new motherhood several years ago in an interview with Good Housekeeping: "I felt like a zombie," she said. "I couldn’t access my emotions. I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades and depths to it.”

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Winona Ryder

Ryder, 46, discussed her experiences living with anxiety and depression in a 2016 interview with The Cut: “I wish I could unknow this, but there is a perception of me that I’m super sensitive and fragile,” she said. “And I am super sensitive, and I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. To do what I do, I have to remain open.”

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Amanda Seyfried

In fall 2016, the 32-year-old "Mean Girls" actress told Allure that she's been on the SSRI Lexapro for more than a decade as a result of her battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder: "A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [than other health issues], but I don’t think it is," she explained. "It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not amass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there.”

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Kerry Washington

The 41-year-old former "Scandal" star has long been on the record as an advocate for mental health and destigmatizing therapy: "I go to the dentist," she once said in an interview with Glamour, "so why wouldn’t I go to the shrink?”



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