Raising children in the spotlight seems tricky enough, and paparazzi and nosy fans are always invading your privacy. But it’s even more problematic when the kids aspire to be in the entertainment industry, too—which is just what Jada Pinkett Smith and her two kids. Jaden, 22, and Willow, 20, have come across. And it’s their transition to becoming famous on their own that Pinkett Smith has one regret.
Pinkett Smith and her mother Adrienne Norris (better known as Gammy to Red Table Talk fans) were guests on Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal podcast on Dec. 15. Graham’s mother, Linda Graham, was also present for this mother-to-daughter segment. Parenting was a significant part of the conversation, and Graham asked Pinkett Smith if. Knowing what she now does, she’d let her children get into the spotlight when and how they did so. It turns out she wouldn’t do that.
Read on to find out what Pinkett Smith had to say about letting her children get a taste of fame when they did so. And how it influenced their relationship now. And for more kids to take after their famous moms and dads, check out Star Kids That Look Much Like Their Parents.
Willow has said her early fame caused tension with her dad.
Some of the greatest moments in the spotlight of Willow and Jaden unfolded when they were very young. Willow launched her hit single, “Whip My Hair,” when she was just ten years old and has since said that she was overwhelmed at this point and that her relationship with her dad was tense. “I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing.
In the meantime, when he was eight years old. Jaden performed alongside his dad in search of Pleasure and went on to star in The Karate Kid and After Earth as a young teen. He also made headlines for his underage friendship with reality star Kylie Jenner. Here are Celebrities You Didn’t Know Grew Up Together to learn more about Celebrity Girls.
Pinkett Smith said it was hard watching her kids deal with media scrutiny.
“There have been times—and not even so much with Instagram or what have you—but just gossip columns. In regards to how people would write about my children who they didn’t even know.” said Graham, 49-year-old. “That was the thing for me that I had to put on my big girl panties. I had to sit with what I thought was accurate about how I raised my kids and how they took on their being, right? And I’m happy I did that, but people didn’t make it easy,” she said. “They had to deal with the kind of judgment of people’s insecurity and ignorance, and that’s all that.