The Heartbreaking Thing Will Smith Just Admitted About His Mental Health

Will Smith is opening up about his mental health in what is sure to be a heartfelt journey in his new YouTube Originals series "Will Smith: The Best Shape of My Life." The trailer for the series debuted in October, just under six months after Smith took to Instagram to share the journey he was getting ready to embark upon. 

Back in May, the actor shared a shirtless photo of himself with the caption, "I'm gonna be real wit yall – I'm in the worst shape of my life." Smith followed up with another shirtless photo, revealing his new venture. "This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry. I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better," Smith wrote in the caption. "No more midnight muffins...this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!! Teaming up with @YouTube to get my health & wellness back on track. Hope it works!"

Smith's goal was to lose 20 lbs in only 20 weeks, but in the trailer, the actor admitted his journey took a turn he was not expecting. "When I started this show, I thought I was getting into the best shape of my life, physically," Smith said. "But, mentally, I was somewhere else. And I ended up discovering a whole lot of hidden things about myself." The "Pursuit of Happyness" actor has since put those discoveries on full display with one heartbreaking admission.

Will Smith broke down in tears with his family

Will Smith is ready to fully share his true self with the world. With 30-plus years in the entertainment industry, Smith is opening up to fans with a new memoir and his new YouTube series, "Will Smith: The Best Shape of My Life."

"I'm writing my book and it's like exposing my life and so many things that people don't know about me," the actor said in a preview trailer for his series. Smith's memoir, "WILL," is expected to dive into the actor's background, including his high-profile marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, as he revealed in his interview with GQ. The "I Am Legend" actor shared parts of his memoir with his family in the trailer, too, and broke down with his kids when talking about how there was a time in his life when he had considered "suicide."

"What you've come to understand as Will Smith, the alien-annihilating MC, bigger-than-life movie star, is largely a construction, a carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself, to hide myself from the world," Smith tearfully read to his family. "To hide the coward." The series is expected to premiere in November, and as Smith says in the trailer, it will "show the world how little [he] know[s] about [himself."