Jada Pinkett-Smith might miss her music career, but caring for her three children with husband Will Smith is worth it, says the actress. The pint-sized Balitmore native is featured on the cover of Uptown Magazine's Summer issue, where she chats about her kids' careers and her family's personalities.
“I miss [my music career] tremendously," Pinkett-Smith says. "But it’s one of those things that I wear with a badge of honor because it expresses what I prioritize, and that’s my family.”
“When Jaden did 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' I was supposed to go on tour with Guns N’ Roses in Europe," she adds. “It 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; he’s my soul seed. There was no way that I was going to allow him to do [a movie] and not have his mother.”
And while Willow and Jaden both work in the sometimes treacherous entertainment business, Pinkett-Smith says the pair will be just fine.
“There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be all right," she says. "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. 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.”
Like their careers, the kids pull another little something from their parents too.
“Believe it or not, they’re both like me and Will,” Pinkett Smith says of the children's temperments. “Willow’s a lot like me, just in the chances she’ll take. And then, Jaden has the drive of his father. Jaden and I are what I call introverted extroverts. Willow and Will are more pow! Jaden and I, well, we don’t give that to just anybody.”
The Uptown Magazine issue featuring Jada Pinkett-Smith is on newsstands now.
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