Jada Pinkett-Smith recently revealed she was "devasted" when her son Jaden asked to be legally emacipated at 15-years-old. In her Red Table Talk show on Facebook, the mom shared what exactly she was feeling during that moment.
The actress opened up about her experience alongside Jaden, her daughter Willow, and her mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. On the latest episode posted last Monday, Jada opened up about the day that broke her heart.
“At 15 years old, Jaden, and I remember this day specifically, it’s probably one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life,” she began. “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 devastated 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."
While he did move out of the house, he ended up not going through with emancipation. He explained what he was feeling alongside his dad on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2013.
"See, here’s the thing. I’m not going anywhere. 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. [Will] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies, I can get my own house."
While Jaden did not end up legally separating from his parent, Pinkett-Smith shared on her show that she understands why her son wanted a separate space for himself.
"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."
She added how parenting comes from traumas experienced as a child, and although she hoped to fix all the traumas of her own children, she realized she couldn't.
"When you become a parent, you have these huge ideals even for yourself. We’re all coming into parenting with our childhood traumas. You’re hoping you can fix all that through your own rearing of your children and you can’t. Your kids are going to have their burdens."