“Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein,” Jada said on the Season Two premiere of her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk. “So he was wasting away. He just looked drain, he was just depleted. He wasn’t getting the nutrients.”
The episode, which featured regulars Jada, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also brought Will, Jaden and Trey Smith to the red table for a discussion about health and food.
“He had the dark circles under his eyes, there was even a little grayness to his skin. And we got really nervous,” Will said about their son.
Jaden joined in the conversation to clarify that he tried to be vegan but has now been a vegetarian for the past year. Before that, however, he agreed that he was unhealthy.
“I was just eating like two meals a day. And maybe one,” Jaden said. “Maybe just that one big meal and then I’m like, ‘Oh, you know I didn’t get around to it.’”
The 21-year-old went onto explain that those unhealthy habits ended up manifesting themselves into sickness right before Coachella.
“I was not doing good. I feel like I was at like an 8 of stress,” he explained. “I wasn’t looking good, I wasn’t feeling good, I wasn’t sleeping.”
Jaden even experienced nausea spells for an entire day on two different occasions — one of which landed him in a hospital in Australia, which left his entire family in fear.
“That scared me,” Willow said. “I was about to hop on the plane to Australia.”
“We all have issues with food in this family,” Jada said.