What a mama’s boy! Will Smith dances with the favourite woman in his life

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Actor Will Smith has opened up about his relationship with his parents. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Actor Will Smith has opened up about his relationship with his parents. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Will Smith recently showcased his close bond with his mom, Caroline Bright, when he shared a video of them dancing to celebrate her 85th birthday.

In the clip, which the actor posted on Instagram, the two can be seen holding hands and getting down to Whitney Houston's classic hit I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).

“85 today! Happy Bday, Mom-Mom. Let’s dance our way to 100,” the Bad Boys for Life star captioned the post.

Will, who recently won his first Golden Globe award for playing Serena and Venus Williams’ father in King Richard, has previously spoken about the guilt he felt watching his mother being abused by his father, Willard Carroll Smith, while growing up.

In his memoir, Will (released last year), the two-time Oscar nominee revealed how he thought about killing Willard, whom he was named after, while witnessing the abuse.

Caroline, a former Philadelphia school-board administrator, had four children with Willard, a refrigeration engineer, before she divorced him in 2000. He died in 2016 aged 76.

In a recent episode of his YouTube series, Best Shape of My Life, Will (53) tells his mom he contemplated suicide as he felt like a coward because he couldn’t stop the violence.

He was only nine at the time of the beatings and by the time he reached 13 (when they decided to get divorced) he considered ending his life.

Will reads from his memoir in the series and recalls his father’s brutal temper and how alcohol made Willard an “idiot” who broke his own rules.

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Will with his first wife, Sheree Zampino, and mom, Caroline Bright, at the premiere of Made in America in 1993 in Los Angeles. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Proud mother and son at the premiere of Lakeview Terrace in New York in 2008. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He added that nobody suffered as much from his father’s wrath as his mom and recounted a night when he and his siblings, Pam (now 58) and twins Harry and Ellen (51), watched her being punched so hard she spat up blood.

“That was the only time in my life I ever considered suicide,” Will said. “That was the only time in my life that I ever thought about killing myself because it was all my failure in my mind.”

Will said he became a pleaser to try to prevent his father’s violent outbursts, explaining it ultimately led to him becoming a performer. 

“I was the entertainer in the family who wanted to keep everything light and enjoyable to avoid beatings.”

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