It was mainly because the “Aladdin” star felt he gained too much weight and became the heaviest he’s ever been in his adult life.
And fresh muffins baked every day by his private chef while on a family vacation contributed to those extra pounds. Plus, the actor said he was indulging in alcohol a little too much.
“So for breakfast, I was having the four or five muffins,” he explained. “You know, ‘Aladdin’ was successful, so I was like, ‘Muffin, muffin, muffin.’ Then for lunch, I would have a Moscow Mule, I’d have a little vodka. That was pretty much my routine for the 10 days. I’d wake up, eat five muffins and go back to sleep.”
“I had gotten up to 225 pounds and it was the most I’d ever weighed in my adult life,” he added. “I got to 223 on ‘Ali,’ and I got to 225 on the muffin boat.”
The weight gain led to Pinkett Smith and her daughter Willow Smith calling the actor “Pudge Muffin.” But he decided to change things around by going on a 10-day fast and reevaluating his relationship with food.
“I couldn’t believe I got to 50 years old without knowing you literally are what you eat,” said the former sitcom actor. “I eat food like an addict. I love food, but I realized my relationship with food was I eat for fun. I eat for joy.”
Other members of the Smith family also talked about their connection to food and how it impacts their lives.
At one point, the power couple said they were concerned for their son Jaden Smith, because after he went vegan he began to look really unhealthy.
“Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden,” explained the “Set It Off” actress at the 19:29 mark of the episode. “Because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein. So he was just wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted.”
“He started getting dark circles under his eyes,” added Will Smith. “There was even a little grayness to his skin, and we got really nervous.”
Jaden Smith also admitted that he used to eat either two meals a day or just one big meal, which also contributed to his sickly appearance.