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Jada Pinkett Smith Gave Up Her Own Dreams So That Her Kids Could Follow Theirs! Did She Do The Right Thing?

Wed, June 29, 2011 6:00pm EDT by 11 Comments

Getty ImagesIn a new interview with Redbook Magazine, Jada honestly admits: ‘I would still be on the road with my band… if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family.’

Talk about dedication to your family! We all know Jada Pinkett Smith is a devoted mother to her three kids, Jaden, 12, Willow, 10, and stepson Trey, 18, but it’s amazing to hear how much she gave up in order for them to pursue their own dreams.

“I had to make choices,” Jada tells Redbook. “Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family. But I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey.”

Jada admits that deciding between her dreams and her kids’ goals was “completely excruciating,” especially when she let go of her singing career to be there for her budding actor son, Jaden.

“When Jaden was auditioning for The Pursuit of Happyness, my band had just gotten an offer to open for Guns N’ Roses in Europe. For me, that was unbelievable. But the choice was: I could be a rock star, or I could be on the set with my son to make sure he was healthy and happy,” Jada explains. “We all know how that story ended!”

Yeah — with Jaden’s movie, which he starred in alongside his dad Will Smith in 2007, grossing over $306,000,000 worldwide! And that success led to his role in The Karate Kid, in which he made over $3 million. (Yup, his pay check).

But is Jada afraid of what kind of influence this celebrity lifestyle will have on Jaden and Willow? Not necessarily.

“Let me tell you what I fear most: Them growing up like I did, in a house with drugs in a war zone, where if I walked out my door I could be shot,” Jada admits. “Hollywood ain’t nothing compared to that! Growing up in the streets of Baltimore, or the streets of Philly where Will grew up — I’d rather have my kids here. It still makes me nervous that they’re part of something that isn’t totally real, but it’s up to Will and me to teach them what’s real and what’s not.”

Do you think Jada is doing the right thing? Share your opinions!

–Leigh Blickley

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