Will Smith reveals an attempt to suicide, opens up about mental health struggle

WILL Smith has opened up about his mental health struggles and a moment he once contemplated suicide.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor, 53, touched on ‘discovering a whole lot of hidden things’ about himself in a trailer for his upcoming series “Will Smith: The Best Shape of My Life.”

In one emotional scene, he could be seen speaking to family members including wife Jada Pinkett Smith and children Willow, Jaden and Trey about his past.

‘That was the only time in my life that I ever considered suicide,’ he said.

‘When I started this show, I thought I was getting into the best shape of my life physically. But mentally I was somewhere else,’ he told the camera.

The brief clip ended with the star reading an excerpt of his upcoming memoir to his family, before tearing up.

‘What you’ve come to understand as Will Smith, the alien-annihilating MC, bigger-than-life movie star, is largely a construction, a carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself, to hide myself from the world,’ he read. 

‘To hide the coward.’

The series, which is launching on YouTube next month will be based on the actor’s health and fitness journey.  


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