October 22, 2016  

Jada Pinkett Smith Sacrifices Career to Concentrate on Children

April 5, 2011 (4:52 am) GMT
'Could I really let my little boy go and do a film without me being there?' questions the actress wife of Will Smith when revealing she made the decision to cancel everything to look after son Jaden.

turned her back on her musical ambitions so she could concentrate on helping her children launch their own careers. The "Nutty Professor" star has long dreamed of becoming a successful singer and fronted rock band Wicked Wisdom in 2002.

But Pinkett Smith struggled to balance her music career with her son 's acting roles so she "canceled everything" to put her little boy first. She tells The Times Magazine, "I'd wake up angry and go to bed angry. In the end, I decided things had to change."

"I was offered a tour with my band but Jaden was asked to film ''. He was seven and a half. Could I really let my little boy go and do a film without me being there? I canceled the tour. I canceled everything. I went to look after Jaden."

The actress, who is married to Hollywood star , has also scaled back on her movie commitments in the past few years to support 12-year-old Jaden and his 10-year-old sister , who recently launched herself as a pop singer.

She adds, "On the one hand, I wanted a career. I'd worked so hard and yet there I was, strung out on having to make decisions based on that and it was too difficult. Should I be a star? Should I be a mum? A wife? You can't be all three, something has to give."

"I was trying to do everything but not doing anything very well. I was failing. I was papering over the cracks. I thought I was going to die. I'd wake up next to Will and think, 'What are you doing here? Why are you here?' and I'd feel angry. I felt everything was dying. But then I realized we were going round one side of the circle and we had to come out the other side."


  1. Wait... What? Is Tiger Woods Saying He Doesn't Regret Cheating on Elin Nordegren?
  2. Marvel Pulls 'Invincible Iron Man' Cover After Accusations of 'Sexualizing' Its Underage Hero
  3. No More Sexy Selfies? Kim Kardashian Is Re-Emerging 'More Covered Up' and 'Less Make-Up'
  4. Drake Hints at Releasing New Music on His 30th Birthday. Get Details on His Celebration
  5. Blac Chyna Pokes Fun at Her Pregnancy Curves, Compares Herself to a Pokemon
  6. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal's Love Turns to Hatred in 'Nocturnal Animals' First Full Trailer
  7. Jay-Z and Beyonce Are Both Upset With 'Nut Job' Kanye West Following His Rant
  8. Justin Bieber Scolds Concertgoers for Screaming at Manchester Show