Jada Pinkett Smith’s Battle With Sex Addiction: “Everything Could Be Fixed By Sex”
“Red Table Talk” is an online show that premiered in May as a weekly Facebook Watch talk show that shared the thoughts and heart of Jada Pinkett Smith. The show is described as “a series of candid conversations with family and friends.” Previous guests have included Tiffany Haddish and Gabrielle Union, with Facebook ordering an additional 13 episodes to premiere this fall.
Each show continually seems to get better and better. And now, in a new episode, the actress is brutally candid when discussing her history of addictions, including sex, alcohol and fitness.
“My sort of addictions jump, they jump around,” Jada says in the episode. “When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind, yes, that everything could be fixed by sex.”
Smith previously spoke about her sexual history in a May “Red Table Talk” episode with her daughter Willow Smith, including a self-proclaimed masturbation addiction when she was younger.
“My grandmother taught me about self-pleasuring because she wanted me to know that that pleasure was from me,” she said. “She didn’t want me to fall into the hands of a man and, if he gave me pleasure, to think that that was him. And she taught me at 9. At 9!”
“I think by your age I gave myself multiples first, multiple orgasms. I did,” she continued referring to Willow’s age. “I was really into it at one point. Just because I was in an exploration state and I was abstaining from men. And I actually think I went through kind of an addiction, too, with it … And then one day I was like, ‘Enough. You’re having five orgasms a day.'”
Sex addiction, or hypersexuality, is defined by Psychology Today as a condition in which people have “excessive” amounts of sex and feel guilty as a result of that. Symptoms include experiencing intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, or sexual behaviors over a period of at least six months, as well as having those fantasies, urges, or behaviors interfere with everyday life.
Like any other addiction, sufferers feel insatiable urges in indulging in the substance of their choice and then feel waves of guilt about their behavior. In this case, the way that the addicts cope with the ensuing guilt is more sex. The addict feels shame about his or her secret life, goes to great lengths to keep it a secret, yet has a strange, almost pathological desire to get caught. He/She doesn’t so much engage in sex, but they rather “enter into it,” as he/she would a secret chamber.
For some sex addicts, behavior does not progress beyond compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or…