Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series titled Red Table Talk continues to be filled with her most personal stories. Today’s episode had the actress’s son with husband Will Smith, Jaden as well as daughter Willow and Jada’s mom Adrienne as guests.
The family was not afraid to be as open as possible about their issues.
That being said, the brother and sister talked about what it meant to grow up with Jada and Will as their parents.
Willow made it very clear that she was pretty upset with how the two handled her following the release of her hit song ‘Whip My Hair’ back in 2010.
‘I only have one terrible experience, which is ‘Whip My Hair.’ Just that the values of the people around me should’ve been the opposite. You and daddy should’ve been like, ‘OK, we value her musical growth and knowledge more than her popularity.’’
Jaden noted that he experienced something similar as well and added: ‘Not just so much about a hit record.’
Apparently, the 19-year-old’s most difficult time was also in 2010 after the release of the film Karate Kid in which he starred.
The actress explained that her and Will’s behaviors were the results of their childhoods.
Jada says she grew up in a pretty violet neighborhood and would sell drugs in the past.
Meanwhile, Will experienced a ‘lot of abuse’ growing up.
‘For us [it’s] that survival mentality. Your dad and I, we were like, ‘Oh man, she will be set up for life, this is her start.’
‘Make them a freaking workaholic soldier so that they can always take care of themselves,’ Jaden said about his parents’ mindset at the time.
That is when Willow remembered she shaved her head when she was just only 11 years old.
‘It had everything to do with it [my post-fame struggle]. It is funny, there’s a Nirvana lyric that says, ‘I shaved my head, and then I’m not sad.’’
Later on during their chat, Jada breaks down in tears as she realizes she was far from a perfect mother but that she has done her best.
‘You know what? I think parents have to give themselves much more forgiveness. When you become a parent, you have huge ideals, even for yourself, because we are all coming into parenting with our own childhood traumas. And you are hoping you can fix all that through your own rearing of your children, and you cannot. Your kids are going to have their burdens. And even though I see how it might have hurt you, it’s what I knew.’