‘At 15 years old, Jaden, and I remember this day specifically, it’s probably one of the most sad moments of my life,’ she said. ‘You got to a point where you told me straight up, you were like, “Mom, I have to leave here to live my life”. I remember thinking to myself, as sad as I was, I was like, “He’s right.” The time is now. He’s 15. It’s time for him to leave the house.’ Speaking on her vlog Red Table Talk, along with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow, and guest star Jaden, Jada added: ‘Every child needs something different.
‘Being in this lifestyle, in this world is a bubble and he wanted out. I understood that because I didn’t have the bubble. I knew what having my freedom outside the bubble, what I gained from that. I knew the sooner I let him go, the faster he was going to come back.’ Adrienne admitted that she was confused over Jada’s response to Jaden’s request, saying:
‘I would have never agreed with that.’ But Jada claims that she had always told her husband Will Smith that she knew Jaden would leave early and they would be ‘lucky’ to keep him in the house until the age of 16.
Jaden made the decision in the end not to get emancipated, telling Ellen DeGeneres in 2013 that he decided he won’t go anywhere because the ‘thing that people don’t get is everything at this house is free’. ‘I can get anything and everything at his house, so I’m going to be there for 20, 30 years,’; Jaden joked. ‘[Will] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies, I can get my own house.’
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Yvonne Herpin – Jada, I really enjoy watching Red Table Talk!! You and Will have done an OUTSTANDING job raising Jaden and Willow! I really admire the Love and connecting you all have with one another!!
Fatima Nasreen Ali Bhatti – Nina Mirza. Will Smiths wife, her mum and children – it’s an interview together about parenting. It’s interesting, and def watch the whole thing. The opinions change and conversation takes really good turns. Mwah love you ma x
Jazelle Blanks – I love the show. Iv’e raise three kids, and watching you, I know iv’e done something right.
Doretha Anderson – I have grown kids and I am learning to let go but be there for them when they need a word of wisdom from me
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