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During the second part of T.I. and Tiny Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother revealed that she lost herself while trying to support her husband, Will Smith's career.

"When a man completely takes control, takes care of you, you don't have a lot of say because you are dependent on this man," Tiny said during the show. "So for a long time, because you didn't want me to work, I pretty much gave up."

According to Jada's mom, her daughter once followed a similar path:

"She felt like she lost herself in supporting Will and his dreams and his career, and the idea that he had of what their relationship was gonna be," said Jada's mother and co-host, Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

Jada agreed.

"We do relinquish a lot of our power to our men that we've given our lives to. And at first, I gave it all over. And then I realized, 'Oh, this is not working.' And you get just a little disappointed because you feel like, 'I gave it all to you and you took it, and you misused it — you stopped listening to me.'"

She added, "Then as you start coming into the understanding of yourself and your own power, you go 'Oh man, Jada, that was your choice, though.'"