Ayesha Curry, Willow Smith Open Up About Anxiety On "Red Table Talk"

By David Konow 05/07/19

Curry and Smith discussed how they manage their anxiety on the show's latest episode.

Ayesha Curry on Red Table Talk
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On the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook series Red Table Talk, Willow Smith opened up about her struggles with anxiety.

The episode's conversation was wide-ranging, but when the subject came to anxiety, Jada asked her daughter Willow, “What are some of the things that you do? What are some of your techniques to deal with your anxiety?”

Willow responded, “Recently I have been, like, I just get really frustrated and I just feel like there is so much energy. I get frustrated and then in my head I feel manic.” So when anxiety hits, Willow says she "[drops] down" and starts doing push-ups.

Chef Ayesha Curry, wife of NBA superstar Steph Curry who was a guest on the show, confessed that she suffers from anxiety as well. “I have anxiety too, really bad, to the point where I actually take medication for it. And I think it’s something that everybody, in some way, has moments. I think open communication and putting your feelings on the line, that helps me a lot, [and] just letting someone know, ‘I’m kind of having an anxiety attack now.’”

Last year on Red Table Talk, Willow also opened up to her mother about practicing self-harm. She experienced fame at a young age with her debut single "Whip My Hair," and she confessed, “I feel like I lost my sanity at one point. It was after that whole 'Whip My Hair' thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’ And after all of that kind of settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was listening to a lot of dark music. It was just so crazy, and I plunged into this black hole, and I was, like, cutting myself.”

It was a secret she apparently kept from her mother, and Willow added, “I never talk about it because it was a short, weird point in my life. But you have to pull yourself out of it.”

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