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Will Smith's Memoir Reveals Shocking Moments: 'I'm Lying On The Floor In A Jail Cell'

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By MLC on November 5, 2021 at 3:55 AM EDT

2021 is the year Will Smith takes the power of Mr. Clean and washes away his biggest secrets.

The actor is getting ready for the big release of his self-titled memoir, “Will,” which will be available for purchase November 9.

His name has been plastered in the headlines this past week as excerpts from his book have been released and completely stunned the masses. His most recent revelation comes in the form of a conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

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Will sits down one-on-one with Oprah!

Will Smith on the red carpet

The “Suicide Squad” actor sat down with the veteran talk-show host for “The Oprah Conversation” for a serious chat about his life.

In a teaser trailer from the conversation, Will opens up about his past.

“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 told Oprah.

The teaser didn’t expand any further upon it, but one can assume this statement refers to failing his mother by not being able to protect her from his abusive father, possibly his first failed marriage, and potentially his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith.

At another point in the trailer Will speaks candidly about love.

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“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,” he says.

As fans of Will and Jada’s know, they had a very public upset in their marriage when the actress revealed she was in an entanglement some years ago with August Alsina.

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Will later revealed to GQ, that he and Jada have allowed each other to seek intimacy outside of their relationship. They are in an open marriage.

“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,” he explained. “But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

In his memoir, Will also goes into detail about how he contemplated killing his abusive father.

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In an exclusive excerpt obtained by People, the award-winning actor writes, “When I was nine years old, I watched my father punch my mother in the side of the head so hard that she collapsed. I saw her spit blood. That moment in that bedroom, probably more than any other moment in my life, has defined who I am."

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Will reveals shocking details about his parents

Will Smith crying face

The book goes on to reveal that years later while he was caring for his father, who was in a wheelchair, darkness arose within him.

"One night, as I delicately wheeled him from his bedroom toward the bathroom, a darkness arose within me. The path between the two rooms goes past the top of the stairs. As a child I'd always told myself that I would one day avenge my mother. That when I was big enough, when I was strong enough, when I was no longer a coward, I would slay him," wrote Will.

It was in that moment the thought of killing his father crossed Will’s mind.

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