Porn addiction has become an increasingly important topic of national conversation. In certain states, the practice has become such a problem that officials have debated whether or not to treat it as a public health crisis. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith) revealed herself recently to have been a victim of this modern phenomenon, reports Fox News.
Speaking on the Facebook Watch series, "Red Table Talk," the former "Matrix" star revealed that she previously "had a little porn addiction."
"If I [were] still on my porn game, I'd be able to show you some good porn," Jada admitted to her co-hosts, daughter Willow and her mom Adrienne. "Back in the day I had a little porn addiction, but I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."
Later on, Jada Pinkett Smith said she felt she used the term "'addiction' a little lightly," adding that she would classify it as an "unhealthy" relationship with porn.
"And maybe I’ll say now that I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence," said Jada.
The conversation took a deeper turn when Jada revealed to her daughter Willow that her relationship to porn came from an "emotional" place.
"It was actually like filling, like, an emptiness, at least you think it is," she said. "But it's actually not."
This is not the first time that Jada Pinkett Smith revealed her sexual past on "Red Table Talk." In June of 2018, she quite explicitly told her then-17-year-old daughter Willow that she had given herself "multiple orgasms" at that age.
"I think by your age I gave myself multiples first. Multiple orgasms. Yep, I did," Jada said at the time. "I was really into it at one point just because I was in an exploration state and I was abstaining from men. I actually think I went through kind of an addiction too with it. Then one day I was like, 'Enough, you’re having five orgasms a day.'"
She went on to say how her grandmother taught her about this "self-pleasuring" at the young age of nine so that she would never think a man helped her achieve orgasm.
"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. She taught me at 9! At 9!"
According to Fight The New Drug, porn addiction has a tremendous effect on the brain and people's socialization skills, leading to depression and self-esteem issues in many consumers.
"This pattern not only hurts their relationships and leaves them feeling lonely, but also makes them more vulnerable to emotional and psychological problems," reports the outlet. "For both male and female porn users, their habit is often accompanied by problems with anxiety, body-image issues, poor self-image, relationship problems, insecurity, and depression."