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Jada Pinkett Smith visits mother whose child died by suicide after a bout of alopecia

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Jada Pinkett Smith spoke of her battle with alopecia in 2018 (Picture: AFP)

Jada Pinkett Smith has met a mother whose daughter was severely bullied for having alopecia, before taking her own life.

The 50-year-old Scream 2 actress has been vocal about her struggles with the condition, which affects millions of people across the globe.

Appearing in the latest episode of His hugely popular Red Table TalkAlong with daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne, she sat down with Nikki Ball, who opened up about the life of her late daughter, Rio.

The 12-year-old girl was horribly bullied by her classmates over her hair loss, with Nikki telling the hosts that her condition started during the pandemic.

According to reports, she said that her daughter was diagnosed with alopecia areata after she had lost her hair ‘by a handful’.

‘With the hair loss, she was very strong. She rocked it even when she was falling out, and she just had these big bald patches,’ she said in a new teaser video from the installment.

Jada Pinkett Smith Red Table Talk

Jada spoke of alopecia at her latest Red Table Talk (Picture: Red Table Talk)

‘Tried the cream. He broke her out. Tried injections, he took five of them a day. But none of them actually did anything.

Ryo eventually suggests that they shave their head, with Nikki remembering that she was ‘glowing’ at the move.

‘And then with school coming up, we gave her that super cute wig, she loved it, and she flashed again,’ she continued in the brief clip.

‘But at school, within a couple of weeks, she was like, “I don’t want to wear this anymore, it doesn’t make any sense.”

Nikki Ball opened up about her daughter being bullied (Picture: Red Table Talk)

‘He had cut off his head. She was getting hit on the head while walking down the hallway. And that was within the first two weeks, three weeks. It got really bad for him.

‘He was called the Naked Mole Rat, he was called the bug-eyed alien, he was called Mr. and Mrs. Clean.’

People Magazine reports that Nikki eventually spoke to the teachers at the school, insisting to her daughter that she was very much loved.

Tragically, Rio died by suicide in March this year, with her mother saying it was the ‘worst day of my life’.

Nikki revealed that her daughter took her own life (Picture: Red Table Talk)

‘She was very smart. She was just fabulous,’ she said. ‘And she was funny. She was a great older sister. He loved reading, writing and sketching. She loved being in the band.

Jada stressed that this is why the public ‘needed an understanding of the devastation of this situation’.

matrix star Shared her diagnosis in 2018, explaining that she suffers from an autoimmune disorder – which causes hair loss.

It is often associated with stress and anxiety. There is no cure, but there are treatments available to slow hair loss.

He was earlier seen wearing a turban to cover his head, and at that point he said: ‘I am getting a lot of questions as to why I am wearing this turban. Well, I am having hair fall problem.

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Will Smith was banned from the Oscars for a decade over his works (Picture: Getty)

‘And I’ll tell you it was awful when it first started. I was showering one day and then a handful of hair, just in my hands, and I was like “Oh my god, am I going bald?”

‘It was one of those times in my life when I was literally trembling with fear.

‘That’s why I cut my hair – and why am I cutting it. i just got [thought]”Okay, I think we’re going to do another layer of cutting,” and my hair has been a big part of me.

‘Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual. And having the choice of whether or not to have hair, and then one day being like, “Oh my god, I can’t have a choice.”

‘There are people here with cancer, with sick children… I see a higher power take things every day and if a higher power wants to take my hair? this much only? Lord, do you want my hair? When I saw it from that perspective, it settled me.’

Jada’s condition hit the headlines again earlier this year when Chris Rock made a controversial quip about her hair at the Oscars, leading to Will Smith facing her on stage.

When the King Richard actor slapped the comedian before returning to his seat, the world went into a tizzy, urging the star to keep Jada’s name out of his mouth.

Will was later banned from attending the ceremony for 10 years, and has kept a low profile ever since.

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