Will Smith Tells His Family He Considered Suicide in Trailer for New YouTube Series

Will Smith: The Best Shape Of My Life. (Credit: YouTube)

Will Smith has revealed he once considered suicide at a low point in his life.

The rapper, actor and producer gets candid about his personal struggles and sheds tears in the trailer for his YouTube weight loss docuseries Will Smith: The Best Shape Of My Life.

“When I started this show, I thought I was getting into the best shape of my life physically, but mentally I was somewhere else,” Smith says in the trailer released Friday. “I ended up discovering a whole lot of hidden things about myself.”

He later says he’s writing a memoir. As he sits at a table with his three children — Trey, Willow, and Jaden — he mentions a period “that was the only time in my life that I ever considered suicide.”

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Smith, 53, doesn’t elaborate on when he contemplated suicide before the trailer moves on to a different part of his journey.

The superstar actor also admits his public image isn’t completely accurate. “What you’ve come to understand as Will Smith, the alien-annihilating MC, bigger-than-life movie star, is largely a construction, a carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself, to hide myself from the world, to hide the coward,” he explains.

The King Richard star previously revealed on social media that he packed on the pounds during the pandemic and was anxious to reclaim his health. The new series chronicles his weight loss journey and self-reflection as he works to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks.

The series is set to debut on Smith’s official YouTube channel on Nov. 8. Watch the trailer below.