Taraji P. Henson Makes Son Skip Semester and Work to Pay for College

The actress says she doesn't "want to raise this privileged kid."

Posted: 09/24/2012 01:02 PM EDT
Taraji P. Henson

Talk about tough love. Taraji P. Henson made her son skip out of his first semester of college so he could get a job and pay for his schooling. The actress recently appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where she told the host that she kept 18-year-old Marcel from going to school to teach him a lesson.

"Even though he is privileged, he doesn't remember the bad times when we were eating Hamburger Helper and peanut butter and jelly for dessert," she told Fallon. "He remembers all the good times and I don't want to raise this privileged kid, who's out of touch, so I made him sit out the first semester and he has to get a job. He called his grandmother, he was like, 'It's hard out here, it's hard to find a job.' So I was like, 'Yeah, I need you to know that.'"

She continued to justify her decision by adding, "I need him to see how real it is out here. It builds character. I told him, 'College is like an investment. I'm investing my money in your future, and if I feel like you're a bad investment, I'm taking my money back."

Do you agree with Henson's decision to make her son sit out of college to find a job?


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