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Will Smith Opens Up About Battling Depression and How He ‘Considered Suicide’

Will Smith discussed this and more in his upcoming unscripted YouTube Original, Best Shape of My Life 

The Smith family has never shied away from sharing deep parts of their family in public. Starting with the Red Table Talk a few years ago, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and their kids Jaden and Willow, have shared their strengths, weaknesses, highs, and lows for audiences around the world to see.

And now, Will Smith opens up about his mental health in the trailer for his upcoming YouTube Originals fitness docuseries, Best Shape of My Life. He shared, much to his family’s shock, that he contemplated suicide at one point in his life.

About the Original

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In six episodes, the Bad Boys star shares about his journey to physical and mental fitness. Will’s mission when he started the show was to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks, and to “get into the best shape of my life.” But as he went on with the shoot, he realized that emotionally, he was somewhere else. In the trailer, we see Will saying that he ended up discovering a lot of hidden things about himself.

At the start, we see Will out of shape, with a beer belly. After all, he, like most people around the world was cooped up indoors after the pandemic broke out. He is also seen working on his memoir Will, where he discusses his public persona as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after star, someone who is bigger than life. Will said he’s about to show the world how little he knows about himself. “A carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself. To hide myself from the world.”

Release date

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The series was produced by Westbrook Media, owned by Will and Jada, which also produces Red Table Talk. The first two episodes of Will’s show will release on Monday, Nov. 8th. The very next day, his memoir will be out on sale.

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