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Jada Pinkett Smith battled addiction
Jada Pinkett Smith once battled with addiction.
The 42-year-old actress, who has a son, Jaden, 15, and daughter Willow, 12, with her husband Will Smith, has revealed she developed a problem and began relying on "many addictions, of several kinds" to help her deal with her emotional issues when she was younger.
The 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' star opened up about her past struggles in a new post on her Facebook page to celebrate her birthday on September 18, writing: "What I learned about myself is this, when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life.
"I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life's inevitable obstacles. I have become a good problem solver with those tools, and I am damn proud."
Jada did not say whether she was addicted to alcohol or drugs but she said she is now strong enough to overcome her problems.
She added: "What I hope is that we all continue to gain healthy understanding that life is really about solving problems, and also about us learning to become masters at solving them."
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