Jussie Smollett hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to live with “You, Your Thoughts, and These Walls”. In a new interview on SiriusXM’ssway in the morningThe 40-year-old actor recalled his experience in the mental ward at the Cook County Jail before he was released on bond in March, while appealing his 150-day sentence.
Smollett said that God and his family helped him navigate his time behind bars and noticed the mental clarity he gained through fasting.
“I was there for six and a half days. I fasted for six and a half days,” he confirmed. Smollett denied the claim that he was fasting for Lent. “I was fasting because that’s what we do in our family. Like we fast for clarity… I’ve never been so clear in my life, at least in my adult life, as I was in those six-and-a-half years. Was for days… I was fasting until I found out if I was going to be there for those five and a half months. I just wanted to know what my life was going to look like.”
As he said, “God knows I wanted to pass out. I’m in the f**king psych ward.” Although he confirmed that he was not in the straitjacket, Smollett said that he slept in a restrained bed, although he was not restrained. He credited the people inside the prison for being “very kind”.
“When I left, I thanked them all. I said, ‘I don’t know what you think either way, but the fact that you didn’t tell me what you thought either way,’ and You showed me the respect I’m grateful for,'” he recalled. Smollett also told the hosts that while he was happy to leave, he also lost his outspokenness to his phone, smoking or drinking while he was in prison. didn’t want to forget.
“There is something about being there and having no choice but to surrender – not for the system, not for the judge or a bunch of old white people, ironically explain to you the history of hate crimes and lynchings. And you sit there and be like, ‘What? f**k who are you?’ But you are surrendering yourself and you are surrendering – you are just there, your thoughts and these walls.”
After that experience, Smollett has a clear stance on the prison system: he believes it needs to be abolished.
“As I’m sitting there, I’m like, I know I didn’t, but you have to be a different kind of person to really explore and try to find redemption in it,” he said. , “That’s not a place for redemption. That’s not a place to make you better than you were when you were in.”
He was convicted of falsely reporting to the police about an alleged hate crime attack, with Smollett defending himself, saying, “If I had done something like this, it would mean that I have killed more than 400 people in this country.” I clenched my fists in the pain of black Americans for years… that would mean I clenched my fists in fear of the LGBTQ community all over the world. I’m not that motherf**ker – never have been, to be Not needed.”
“There was no need for any growth in his career,” he said. “I was on the up and up. I was coming from New York to read a table for my dream role in a Broadway show. I had opted for the rights to Alvin Alley’s authorized autobiography … All the Things I’ve Been Making There would be no reason for me to do some dumb shit like this. But people want to believe what they believe.”
He also admitted that he was ashamed of the alleged assault. “If I had to do something, it wouldn’t look like a victim,” Smollett said. “It has to look like, if anything, someone stronger.”
However, now, the star is focusing on reclaiming his career. “What I know for sure is every single thing I auditioned for during that period, I lost. They took it from me,” he said. “But everything that I myself have made is being made. Never again will no one be able to drag my life like a rug from under me.”
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