Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are one of the most famous couples in the world, along with their offspring. And though it might not surprise fans to know who Jada says she “learned a lot about fatherhood” from, she has a lot of “pain” when it comes to her own father. The way we are raised can affect our outlook on the world, and change the way we want to be a parent as well. This is certainly the case for both Jada and Will.
Jada Pinkett Smith reveals that her father wasn’t part of her childhood
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Jada and her father, Robsol Pinkett, Jr., didn’t have the best relationship. On an episode of Red Table Talk, Jada and her brother, Caleeb Pinkett, discuss their father, who dealt with addictions with both alcohol and drugs over the course of his life. The brother and sister have different mothers, growing up separately on two different coasts.
“But our father is a shared source of pain,” Jada explains. She says he “hurt” them “the most.”
Jada says they grew up “without” their father by their side. “He was not a part of our childhood, and we were forced to grow up without him,” Jada says. Their father died of an overdose, which was extremely hard for the brother and sister to cope with.
Caleeb says that their father and mother divorced when he was only two-years-old. “He didn’t raise me,” he revealed. “So, when you don’t raise a child, you’re really leaving your child to the quote on quote ‘wolves.’ Right? Which is horrific, especially when the child cannot protect itself yet.”
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On a separate episode of Red Table Talk, Jada and her husband, Will Smith, discuss fatherhood. Jada admits that she “learned a lot about fatherhood” from Will himself. Since Jada was forced to grow up without her father in her life, it makes sense that she learned a lot about from watching her husband with their children.
“Having been a child that didn’t grow up with a father, I understood and felt the absence of not having a father,” Jada explains. “But I’ve learned a lot about fatherhood through you, watching you father.”
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