Jada Pinkett Smith Details What Her Children Think of Her New ‘Worthy’ Memoir

Jada Pinkett Smith is continuing her press run following the release of her newest memoir – Worthy, which was released on Tuesday (October 17). The book takes a deep dive into her childhood, career, and relationship with Will Smith – ultimately revealing that she and Will have been separated since 2016.

In a recent interview with InStyle, which was also released on Oct. 17, Jada opens up about the writing process, her experience with ayahuasca, her talk show Red Table Talk, her relationship with Tupac and the arrest made in connection with his murder, and her struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

At one point during the conversation, she was asked what she told her children – Willow Camille Reign Smith, 22, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, 25, and Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III, 30 (Will’s son from a previous relationship – about the book and whether or not they’ve had a chance to read the book yet. 

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“Willow has read [it], she’s an avid reader, and she’s the next author in the family,” Jada Pinkett Smith said – adding that Willow has a fiction book coming out on May 7, 2024. Her book, which is about an African warrior in the world of Vikings, is called Black Shield Maiden and was co-written by Jess Hendel.

“She read a huge part of my book before it was even edited, so she loved it. She couldn’t wait, she’s like, “Mom, I’m taking this copy. I got to finish my read.” She was super excited about it,” Jada continued. And, while her two sons have yet to read it, she did say that Jaden and Trey will read her new book eventually. 

Jada did, however, give her children a heads-up regarding some of the revelations made in the book – especially the ‘stories I was going to tell about them specifically,’ so she could ask them if they were okay with it being in the novel. She didn’t want to include anything her children might be uncomfortable with.

For example, she ends up writing about her experience and journey with ayahuasca – a psychedelic drug native to the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America. She describes how she, Will, and their kids have all tried ayahuasca before – clarifying that her children were adults when they did it for the first time.

Jada Pinkett Smith Describes the Purpose Behind Writing the Book

During her interview with InStyle, Jada Pinkett Smith was asked about the life lessons she includes at the end of each chapter and why she felt it was important to ‘pass along words of wisdom to the readers.’ Her response: she didn’t want to share this heavy of a story without leaving behind some little breadcrumbs.

“Everybody’s life is uniquely different and what we need to get through certain sticky points will be different,” she said – adding that she wanted to ‘drop how I got through certain periods of my life’ to help give others ‘a little oxygen, a little bit of a doorway or hope’ as they work through their own life struggles. 

As for the bombshell that she and her husband, Will Smith, have been separated since 2016, Jada says it’s a revelation that has ‘benefited’ both of them. She expressed how interesting it is to ‘think you know somebody,’ but at the same time you ‘never stop learning about your partner’ – which is how Will feels. 

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“We were big romantics in our own way. I think that all young people are big romantics because we don’t know a lot about love yet. Most of us come from environments where parents aren’t really showing the best examples of what love is all about,” she said of her nearly 30-year relationship with Will Smith. 

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