Jada Pinkett’s Stepdad Admits Drug Use, Says He Should’ve Been Around To Prevent Jada’s Addictions

September 30, 2013  |  


Last week we shared details from Jada Pinkett’s Facebook page, with the actress, wife, and mother confessing to having had a bit of a troubled past. In observance of her birthday, she wrote about overcoming a number of obstacles in her 42 years, particularly addictions, saying:

“Yesterday I turned one year older, and I reflected on where I have been and where I am now. What I learned about myself is this, when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life.”

“I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles.”

As these celebrity revelations usually go, someone from Jada’s past has decided to jump on the revelation bandwagon and satisfy more media curiosity with some confessions of their own. This time, it’s Jada’s former step-father, Warren A. Brown, who spoke exclusively to CeleBuzz about Jada’s confession. The now successful Baltimore attorney married Jada’s mom, Adrienne Banfield Jones, in 1979 and admitted that they were both heavy into drugs before their divorce in ’86, saying:

“At times I felt guilty. I remember just the three of us in the house together and I knew I was high and so was her mother.

She didn’t know though, she was too young to recognize it. She didn’t see us doing anything. But I felt really bad because I thought this little girl deserves better than her parents (being) addicted.

“While we were both dealing with that, I was still going to court and she was going to school and working. She left it up to me to watch Jada.

“It’s difficult to feel guilty. I don’t really blame myself, but I think about a couple things. I question that if I had not divorced myself from them, whether or not she would have fallen into addictions. And if I had been around I may have witnessed it and been able to pull her out of it.”

It sounds like Mr. Brown is a bit naive about the impact he and Adrienne’s addictions had on Jada. Though he may not be totally to blame for the actress going down the same path years later, considering she was 8 years old at the time he married her mother, I’m sure Jada was cognizant of the fact that something wasn’t quite right and that had to have had some influence — seemingly a negative one. Warren goes on to say he and Jada had a very close relationship, though, despite his demons, recalling:

“She was a sweet little girl. We were very close. It was me and Jada. I was raising her while her mother was working and in college.

“We spent a lot of time together. But once I separated from her and her mom, I quickly got remarried and my new wife asked that I distance myself from her. So it was a sudden departure for Jada, and it was always just the two of us.

“Anyone who knew of our relationship would not disagree that my estrangement with her may have played a part.

“I tend to think that if I was there, I could have provided a positive role model.

“I loved that little girl.”

Let’s hope Jada knows that. What do you think of Warren Brown coming forward with his own confession?

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