Will Smith admits he drank psychedelic drug ayahuasca 12 times for 'spiritual growth' after marriage problems with Jada

WILL Smith has admitted he took a psychedelic drug when he was having marriage problems with wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey the 53-year-old star opened up about finding spiritual enlightenment after taking the drug ayahuasca more than 12 times.

Before talking about his experience Will first said that he and Jada are not looking for anyone outside their relationship to make them happy.

His comments came after the couple were rumored to have an open relationship after Jada's affair with aspiring singer August Alsina emerged last year.

He told Oprah: "It's about being able to find that contentment within yourself — not with external stimuli."

He continued, "The spiritual process is detoxing all of those things — not leaving your marriage so you can go get some chocolate cake. No. It's no chocolate cake. It's not alcohol. It's no sexual stimulation and all of that… The spiritual process is more about detox than going to get more."

Will revealed he went on a 14-day silent retreat in Peru and using plant-based psychedelic ayahuasca more than 12 times under supervision.

The drug helped him question his marriage.

The Bad Boys star confessed to the outlet that it wasn't just Jada having extramarital affairs, but refused to go into detail.

GQ also provided an excerpt from the A-lister's book, Will, which detailed a fight he had with Jada after her 40th birthday in 2011.

"Do I have to be married? What is it?" he said, and described a vision where Jada was the soil and he was a seed.

He began to think of his relationship as a"fruitful interaction that is meant to feed the people around us… Whether I liked our interaction or not, I started feeling in my heart we were special together. We were condoned by the universe."

The enlightenment came after the couple were having marriage problems which came to a head around Jada's 40th birthday.

"We realized that it was a fantasy illusion that we could make each other happy," Will said. "We agreed that she had to make herself happy and I had to make myself happy. Then we were going to present ourselves back to the relationship already happy — versus demanding that the other person fill our empty cup."


Will previously opened up about his unconventional relationship in the November issue of GQ, saying "marriage for us can't be a prison."

Will, who has been married to Jada for almost 24 years, explained: "Jada never believed in conventional marriage.

"Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up.

"There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple?

"And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection."

He continued: 'We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.

And I don't suggest our road for anybody. I don't suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we've given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love."

Will and Jada, 50, admitted in a frank Red Table Talk session last year that the actress had an affair with musician August, who was 25 at the time.


"Our marriage wasn't working," Will wrote, and added, "We could no longer pretend. We were both miserable and clearly something had to change."  

Last year, singer August, now 29, claimed Will gave him permission to have an affair with Jada after their son Jaden introduced the singer to the couple in 2015.

While Jada and Will initially denied the cheating rumors, the actress later revealed that she had a romantic relationship with August when she and Will secretly separated in 2015.

Weeks later, the couple spoke candidly about the status of their relationship during an episode of Jada's Facebook series.

Will said: "I wasn’t sure I was ever going to speak to you again. The fact that I’m speaking to you again is a miracle.

"[Marriage] ain’t for the weak at heart. There’s just certain things that you have to go through."

He added: "I sure wish it could be all magic and miracles."

Jada said that they wondered if they could rebuild their relationship following their split.


Jada added: “I’m just happy ‘cause I definitely believe that you and I, we never, ever, ever thought that we would make it back."

The pair also opened up about Jada's relationship with August, noting that she had "a different kind of entanglement" with the musician.

Reflecting on their marriage at the time of Jada's relationship, Will laughed as he said: "I was done with your a**. I was done with you.

"Marriages have that though. We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I’ll try to figure out how to make myself happy. I really felt like we could be over."

The famous pair, who married in 1997, eventually reconnected and August cut off communication with Jada.

News of Jada and August's relationship broke when the singer claimed in an interview with radio host Angela Yee: "I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … he gave me his blessing."

Opening up about their relationship in detail, August added: "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her.

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