Will Smith discusses how he 'lost everything' before appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air


Will Smith ‘basically lost everything’ before his Fresh Prince of Bel Air success.

The King Richard star, 53, was enjoying musical success but experienced financial ruin, losing his cars and his home, and even spent a night in jail before he hit stratospheric fame with the hit 90s sitcom.

The revelation comes from The Oprah Conversation: Will Smith on Apple TV+, in a clip shared exclusively with Entertainment Tonight.

Being honest: Will Smith spoke about how he 'basically lost everything' before his Fresh Prince of Bel Air success

Being honest: Will Smith spoke about how he ‘basically lost everything’ before his Fresh Prince of Bel Air success

Will wrote about what happened in his new memoir, Will, and he was quizzed about his low point in The Oprah Conversation: Will Smith.

In a clip from the show, the 67-year old broadcast legend asked: ‘So right before Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I think people would be surprised to know, this is the first time, I realized…you basically lost everything.’

She then described the actor’s low point in detail and asked him about his feelings regarding the time period. 

Winfrey inquired: ‘The government seized your cars, it took your home, you ended up in jail. You describe it in two words actually, rock bottom. What was at the root of that downfall, Will? And the life lesson you took from it?’

Getting the word out: Will wrote about what happened in his new memoir, Will, and he was quizzed about his low point in The Oprah Conversation: Will Smith

Getting the word out: Will wrote about what happened in his new memoir, Will, and he was quizzed about his low point in The Oprah Conversation: Will Smith

Upfront: In a clip from the show, the 67-year old broadcast legend asked: 'So right before Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I think people would be surprised to know, this is the first time, I realized…you basically lost everything'

Upfront: In a clip from the show, the 67-year old broadcast legend asked: ‘So right before Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I think people would be surprised to know, this is the first time, I realized…you basically lost everything’

The actor admitted a radio station fight that saw him put behind bars made him reassess his life.

He said: ‘When it rains, it pours. So getting into the fight at the radio station, Charlie punching the dude that landed me in jail, so the money is gone, the car is gone. I am laying on the floor in a jail cell and I am like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Will also pointed out how he had recently experienced great career highs, such as prestigious awards for his rap career.

The ‘Men in Black’ star said: ‘I won a Grammy eight months ago. Like, what is happening? And it’s just the spiral when it starts going the other way.’

Deciding factor: The actor admitted a radio station fight that saw him put behind bars made him reassess his life

Deciding factor: The actor admitted a radio station fight that saw him put behind bars made him reassess his life

The performer added that he had to ride out his rough period and was proud of himself for having endured the stress that came with his misfortune.

‘It’s like, sometimes you just have to get out the way and wait until the downward spiral stops,’ he stated.

The Color Purple actress then commented on Will’s ability to ‘see the energy of himself’.

She told him: ‘You see how the energy of yourself, everything you were doing, created that exact moment.’

Making it work: The performer added that he had to ride out his rough period and was proud of himself for having endured the stress that came with his misfortune

Making it work: The performer added that he had to ride out his rough period and was proud of himself for having endured the stress that came with his misfortune

In the same interview, the Bad Boys actor also admitted to feeling ‘failing every woman I interact with’ and outlined his desire to ‘tell the truth.’

‘I want to tell the truth. I want to let people have it. I’ve carried, most of life, the sense of failing every woman I interact with. I haven’t talked about that publicly.’

He also said that he felt ‘fearful’ about falling in love with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith – the mother of his two youngest children, Willow, 21, and Jaden, 23 – since 1997. 

He was previously married to actress Sheree Zampino, with whom he has son Trey, from 1992 to 1995.

He added: ‘Love being the most fearful place you’ll ever try and step into. Real love. That unconditional love … to be able to open a broken heart again.’

Baring his emotions: In the same interview, the Bad Boys actor also admitted to feeling 'failing every woman I interact with' and outlined his desire to 'tell the truth'; he is seen with his wife and children in 2016

Baring his emotions: In the same interview, the Bad Boys actor also admitted to feeling ‘failing every woman I interact with’ and outlined his desire to ‘tell the truth’; he is seen with his wife and children in 2016

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