December 2, 2022

Academy Award-nominee Will Smith talks with CBS Information’ Gayle King about his formative years, ideas of suicide, forgiving his father, his movie “King Richard,” and extra in a revealing, emotional interview  for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast March 13 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+.

Smith, 53, is an international celebrity who sells thousands and thousands of albums and toplines blockbuster movies. In his guide, “Will,” Smith tells his existence tale, warts and all, together with the affect on him of seeing his father beat his mom, when he was once simply 9 years previous.

“And I did not do anything else,” Smith mentioned.

“However as somewhat boy, Will, what are you intended to do?” King requested.

“The kid thoughts does not paintings like that,” he responded. “I anticipated to be a superhero.”

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Smith instructed King, co-host of “CBS Mornings,” that after his oldsters separated, he thought to be taking his personal existence.

“That was once the, the one time in my existence that I thought to be suicide,” he mentioned. “And, you recognize … it simply was once, it was once my fault. You already know, I do not understand how children do this … of their thoughts, however you recognize, it was once, it was once come what may my fault.”

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Smith mentioned he made peace along with his father when his dad was once demise in 2016. “And you recognize, in that, in the ones final moments with my father – when I used to be in a position to forgive my father – I had a stunning realization that I used to be in a position to forgive myself … my father demise began a brand new section of my existence,” Smith mentioned.

He additionally says his struggling helped make him the person he’s nowadays: “I thank God for my struggling, you recognize? My struggling helped me to turn into who I’m. My struggling helped me to construct the existence and the circle of relatives and helped me to seek out the fact that I base my existence on nowadays.” 

In a wide-ranging interview, Smith additionally talked with King about his paintings on “The Recent Prince of Bel-Air”; his Oscar-nominated movie, “King Richard”; his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith; and what he’d care to do subsequent.

The Emmy Award-winning “Sunday Morning” is broadcast on CBS Sundays starting at 9 a.m. ET. “Sunday Morning” additionally streams at the CBS Information app [beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET] and on Paramount+, and is to be had on and

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For more information:

  • “King Richard” now enjoying in theatres and to be had On Call for
  • “Will” by means of Will Smith with Mark Manson (Penguin), in Hardcover, Massive Print Business Paperback, Spanish Business Paperback, eBook and Audio codecs, to be had by way of Amazon and Indiebound
  • Observe Will Smith on Twitter and Instagram
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