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Jada Pinkett Smith breaks down in tears while speaking to the mother of the late ex-Miss USA Cheslie Kryst

Jada Pinkett Smith had a hard time introducing her talk show’s newest guest, Conversation at the Red Tablethe mother of ex-Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, who died by suicide in January this year.

Before Cheslie’s mother April Simpkins joined Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, the trio watched a montage on the life and career of the pageant winner.

“What many didn’t know was that Cheslie suffered from a crippling depression as a result of all of this,” Pinkett Smith said in a voiceover.

As the camera cut to the trio watching the montage, Pinkett Smith broke down in tears before speaking and was comforted by her daughter.

Conversation at the Red Table has featured many emotional moments, including Pinkett Smith and husband Will opening up about their “involvement” with singer August Alsina, but that was probably the most tearful so far.

During the episode, Simpkins spoke about the day Kryst died and read out the last text she received from her daughter. “I would read a few sentences and then I would just break down,” she said.

Kryst passed away on January 30, 2022.

Cheslie Kryst takes the stage during the Miss Universe 2019 pageant

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Simpkins said her daughter suffers from “high-functioning depression,” where someone who appears to be fine suffers silently, and revealed she has attempted suicide in the past.

Kryst, who was also an attorney, was crowned Miss USA 2019 as Miss North Carolina. She made history that year alongside Nia Imani Franklin, Kaliegh Garris and Zozibini Tunzi, marking the first time black women have held all four major titles in pageant history.

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If you are a US resident and you or someone you know needs mental health help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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