Jada Pinkett Smith recalled that heartbreaking day when son Jaden Smith chose to move out of their family home at age 15.
“One thing that I’ve learned is that every child need something different,” Jada, 46, shared in the latest episode of her Facebook show “Red Table Talk.” “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.’”
Jaden, now 19, was present for the parenting conversation with his mom, sister Willow Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones. Jada added that she felt comfortable with Jaden leaving the nest because of his maturity level and because he was already managing his own life.
But for Jaden, raised by famous parents Jada and Will Smith, he said he most needed to get out of the Hollywood bubble.
“It just makes you appreciate being at home, being with your parents, spending quality time with your family,” he said about moving out. “You get out into the world and you just understand things.”
Jada and Will’s parenting style has always been a hot topic. The freedom they give their children often seems to spark a debate. In 2016, Will confessed that their hands-off parenting approach may have been a “mistake.”
“I think we may have gone too far,” he shared on BBC Radion 1Xtra. But Will had nothing but compliments to share about his son, who also shocked fans when he joined the Louis Vuitton womenswear campaign wearing a skirt. “Jaden is 100 percent fearless, he will do anything,” Will said. “So as a parent, it’s scary, it’s really terrifying — but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”