Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith staged an intervention for their son Jaden Smith amid his drastic weight loss, the couple revealed on Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.
On the latest episode of Red Table Talk, posted to Facebook on Monday, the celeb family opened up about their relationships with food after Will called an “emergency” meeting. During the chat, which also included Willow Smith, Trey Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Will talked to his family about gaining weight on a recent vacation, shortly after the success of his movie Aladdin, explaining that he eats food “like an addict.”
“Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein,” Pinkett Smith, 48, said in Monday’s episode, which also included their daughter Willow Smith, Will Smith’s son Trey Smith and Pinkett Smith’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones.
“He was wasting away,” Pinkett Smith continued about Jaden. “He just looked drained. He was just depleted. He wasn’t getting the nutrients.
Smith, 50, added that other physical changes aside from weight loss alarmed him and Pinkett Smith. “There was even grayness to his skin,” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum said. “We got really nervous.”
Jaden, who explained that he’s vegetarian and not vegan, revealed that the body changes were a result of him eating just one or two meals a day.
“I also just wanna say that I’m vegetarian. I’ve tried to be vegan,” he said. “I’ll go vegan for a week or so, but for the past year, I’ve been vegetarian.”
But now, the Smith family is happy that Jaden is recovering from his harmful eating habits. “You’re definitely looking better now,” the Aladdin actor told his son.
Red Table Talk frequently evokes heartfelt family discussions that fans might otherwise not be privy to. In May 2018, Willow revealed that she used to cut herself when she was depressed following her 2010 hit “Whip My Hair,” which she released when she was only 9 years old.