Will Smith opens up about father’s abuse in new memoir
In “Will,” out November 9, the star explains his father as a male with dualities.
He included: “The same intense perfectionism that terrorized his family put food on the table every night of my life.”
That fear is shown in a story Smith outlines when he was 9 years of ages and he viewed his dad “punch my mother in the side of the head so hard that she collapsed.”
“I saw her spit blood,” he composes. “That moment in that bedroom, probably more than any other moment in my life, has defined who I am.”
Smith’s dad passed away in 2016, approximately 16 years after Smith’s moms and dads separated.
Smith looked after his dad when he was ill, however confesses, the event haunted him even then.
“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 composed.
One day, he discovered himself stopping briefly at the top of some stairs as he wheeled his dad towards the restroom and experienced a dark idea.
“I could shove him down, and easily get away with it,” he composes. “As the decades of pain, anger, and resentment coursed then receded, I shook my head and proceeded to wheel Daddio to the bathroom.”
Smith is presently on a speaking trip in assistance of his brand-new book, with dates set up for Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles.
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