Just when we thought Red Table Talk was juicy, Will Smith is spilling all kinds of tea in his new memoir.
Just a few days after he revealed he contemplated suicide, he says he also thought about taking another life … his father’s.
In an excerpt for “Will” published in People, Smith talks about his early life in Philadelphia with his father, Willard Smith Sr.
“My father was violent, but he was also at every game, play, and recital,” Smith writes. “He was an alcoholic, but he was sober at every premiere of every one of my movies. He listened to every record. He visited every studio. The same intense perfectionism that terrorized his family put food on the table every night of my life.”
He continues: “When I was nine years old, I watched my father punch my mother in the side of the head so hard that she collapsed. I saw her spit blood.” That moment in that bedroom, probably more than any other moment in my life, has defined who I am.”
Smith’s parents separated when he was a teen and divorced in 2000. Smith said years later while caring for his ailing father thoughts arose to avenge his mother for the abuse she suffered.
“One night, as I delicately wheeled him from his bedroom toward the bathroom, a darkness arose within me. The path between the two rooms goes past the top of the stairs. As a child I’d always told myself that I would one day avenge my mother. That when I was big enough, when I was strong enough, when I was no longer a coward, I would slay him.”
He continues, “I paused at the top of the stairs. I could shove him down, and easily get away with it. As the decades of pain, anger, and resentment coursed then receded, I shook my head and proceeded to wheel Daddio to the bathroom.”
In the memoir, Smith also reveals he fell in love with actress Stockard Channing while they were filming Six Degrees Of Separation. At the time Smith was married to Sheree Zampino.
“Will” drops on Nov 9th. His new YouTube series “Best Shape of My Life” premieres Nov 8th.
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