During the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s new Facebook series, Red Table Talk, the actress shared the devastation she felt when son Jaden, who was 15 years old at the time, asked to be emancipated and to move out of his parents’ home, and why she ultimately agreed.
“One thing that I’ve learned is that every child need something different,” Jada shared. “At 15 years old, Jaden, and I remember this day specifically, it’s probably one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. 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.’”
New episode of #RedTableTalk is up and my baby @officialjaden joins us at the table to talk parenting and dealing with parents. I hope you’ll join us too ✨ https://t.co/e6cYf9UrYz pic.twitter.com/jF3HxMyOp1
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) June 4, 2018
Jada added that she trusted Jaden enough to let him move out because of his proven maturity level, as well as the fact that he was already managing is own career as a child actor. While Jaden didn’t go through with the emancipation, he did leave the nest.
“It just makes you appreciate being at home, being with your parents, spending quality time with your family,” Jaden said about moving out. “You get out into the world and you just understand things.”
The Smiths have been questioned in the past for their parenting choices, with Will joking in 2016 that their “hands-off parenting” approach may have been a “mistake.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.