â€œThere are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? Theyâ€™re going to be all right. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them detriment,â€ she says, her hazel eyes flashing.
â€œMy kids have no idea how I grew up,â€ Pinkett Smith continues. â€œEven in knowing my story, they couldnâ€™t know what that means. They have no RE-ALI-TY. None. My feeling is, my kids need to have challenges, in a safe way. If I survived everything that I survived in Baltimore and Will survived everything he survived in Philly, these kids surely can survive the Hollywood game. With so many heavyweights surrounding themâ€”from BeyoncÃ© and Jay-Z to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthonyâ€”if they can fail in a circle like that, then they werenâ€™t going to win in the first place.â€
â€œAll I want for Trey (Willâ€™s oldest son from his first marriage), Jaden, and Willow is happiness,â€ she says. â€œAs long as theyâ€™re happy, and know how to maneuver in this world, Iâ€™m good.â€
On Ending Her Music Career
When Jaden did The Pursuit of Happyness, I was supposed to go on tour with Guns Nâ€™ Roses in Europe,â€ she says softly.
She turned down the offer and eventually disbanded the group. â€œIt was probably the most heartbreaking experience. But what I realized is that sometimes God will place things in your life that will make you recognize what your priorities are. I adore my son; heâ€™s my soul seed. There was no way that I was going to allow him to do [a movie] and not have his mother.â€
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