You may personally not agree with the choices she's made as a parent, but after this, you at least can't deny that she hasn't thought about it from every perspective!
Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will, have raised a few eyebrows in the past because of the way they've immersed their children into the entertainment business, and the actress recently opened up about the scrutiny she faces from the public for doing so, and whether or not she actually worries about the influence of Hollywood on her family!
Check out some HIGHlights from the Redbook interview:
RB: When people comment on the way you raise your kids—or, as some have suggested, "exploit" them—does that piss you off?
JPS: I understand it. They're looking at something from the outside that seems so enormous and dangerous. I have my moments where I get more frustrated than upset. But I also know that our reality is one that most people don't share and can't imagine, and there's no fault in that. And if anything happens to my children, I give all those people out there judging me the right to burn me at the stake. Go for it, because I'll deserve it!
RB: Have you ever explained to Jaden and Willow that life as they know it is not typical for most kids their age?
JPS: Let me tell you what I fear most: Them growing up like I did, in a house with drugs in a war zone, where if I walked out my door I could be shot. Hollywood ain't nothing compared to that! Growing up in the streets of Baltimore, or the streets of Philly where Will grew up—I'd rather have my kids here. It still makes me nervous that they're part of something that isn't totally real, but it's up to Will and me to teach them what's real and what's not.
Wow - we have to give them credit!
So long as those kids are growing up with boundaries, love, and communication from their parents, then that's good enough for us!
But we also have to commend her for understanding that their lifestyle is NOT what most people are used to, and being patient enough to not let the criticism that comes with that lack of understanding get to her!
Keep up on doing what you're doing, gurl, and we imagine your kids will be just fine!
[Image via WENN.]
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