Being a mother is all about sacrifice. It involves making decisions that would benefit your offspring in the best way possible. The day you have kids is the day you you stop being selfish. Jada Pinkett Smith reveals in a new interview with Times magazine that she’s turned her back on pursuing a music career so that she can help her children Willow and Jayden launch their own careers. Pinkett Smith who once fronted rock band Wicked Wisdom in 2002, has also cut back on her movie career to follow her children around the world on their promotional ventures.
She says: “I’d wake up angry and go to bed angry. In the end, I decided things had to change. I was offered a tour with my band but Jaden was asked to film The Pursuit of Happyness. He was seven and a half. Could I really let my little boy go and do a film without me being there? I cancelled the tour. I cancelled everything. I went to look after Jaden”. Read on for more.
She adds, “On the one hand, I wanted a career. I’d worked so hard and yet there I was, strung out on having to make decisions based on that and it was too difficult. Should I be a star? Should I be a mum? A wife? You can’t be all three, something has to give. I was trying to do everything but not doing anything very well. I was failing. I was papering over the cracks. I thought I was going to die. I’d wake up next to Will and think, ‘What are you doing here. Why are you here?’ and I’d feel angry. I felt everything was dying. But then I realised we were going round one side of the circle and we had to come out the other side”. Source.
Jada is not just your typical showbiz mom trying to live out her dreams through her children. She’s lived it. Being a successful Hollywood actress herself who is married to an even more successful and filthy rich Hollywood legend kind of cuts her some slack. It’s quite obvious the Smiths are big on nepotism and I think it’s nice she’s supporting the dreams of her children. I’m not saying it’s cool to overwork a 10-year-old but I do think it’s important that she finds the right balance which enables her kids to enjoy a childhood, as well as a blossoming career in showbiz.