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Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about Willow’s bed photo controversy

Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Smith - 1st Cover

The Smith family was the talk of the town for all of the wrong reasons earlier this year when the family came under investigation from child protective services over a controversial photo of Willow Smith lying in bed with shirtless adult actor, Moises Arias. Luckily for the Smiths, CPS deemed them fit parents in the end, but that hasn’t stopped fans from still questioning their unorthodox parenting methods. Now, Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about the controversy and why she believes in taking a different path to parenting.

When asked in a new cover feature for The Edit about the controversial bed photo, Pinkett Smith said simply, “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty.”

Jada Pinkett Smith - The Edit Cover

Jada goes on to say that she not only trusts her daughter, but she trusts that her skills as a parent are right for her family.

“I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves,” said the 42-year-old mom. “I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.’ They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.”

Pinkett Smith also spoke with Us Weekly about her parenting techniques and she explained that she’s intent on making sure that instead of imposing her own ideas of what she wants her daughter to be, she wants Willow to have a strong sense of self.

“I’m not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in,” she said. “I don’t just sit with Willow and go, ‘Hey, this is what Mommy thinks. Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy’s been talking to you about.’”

“What I do with Willow is I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first,” said Jada.

Pinkett Smith tells The Edit that her open bond with Willow has allowed her daughter to teach her things about the world that she never even knew and even inspired her to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and work on a CNN documentary on the topic of human trafficking.

“When your daughter comes to you and is like, ‘Hey Mom, do you know that there are people selling girls my age for sex in this country?’ My first response was, ‘Oh no, that doesn’t happen here,’” she explained. “Then I did my research and I thought, ‘How could this be going on here and I not know?’ I felt ashamed and, being a woman in an industry that has a voice, I just felt this enormous amount of responsibility to at least let other people know.”

We commend Pinkett Smith on being such an open communicator with her kids and showing that there are different ways of being a parent and having a healthy relationship with your child. – nicholas robinson


  1. butterbeansuga on August 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    SURE JADA go tell the hundreds of mothers whos daughters got pregnant at 11 and sons are in juvenile detention that your kids are not you … well some of those parents were never locked up at 13 haaa .. okkk chick .. and some of those parent are single with no child support payments trying to raise kids in a society that quickly swollowed up willow .. an the reason people were agasp about willow is , she has the opportunity to be arole model to someones kid .. willow got money saved up by you for college. she aint ever gotta work for what she gets .. she proubably will seek easy money by acting and singing that is not hard work , ,but yet she willl seek what you and will seeks stardom .. if what you said is true and willow dont walk in your shadow … why is she wanting to be a star ? girls who dance at strip clubs parents didnt necessarily dance at a strip club at 19 ..duhhh so no one understand how your trying to say willow does not have to live through you.. and you want her to have freedome freedom from what ? why do you buy her expensive clothes and a big allowance if you dont want her to live through you .. why not send her to asia or africa on a missionary to care for poor ..??? or send her to college / ? non of your kids went to college accept trey ? willa and her brotheer the two with you are splitt image of you … you come up sort of poor your mom a crack head … but you didnt come out a crackhead .. but your actions have been questioned back in the day when you slept wtih tupac and any high status male to get a role on sitcome duhh . so stop continueing to lie bout willows quest . we know where willow was headed thanks to people who cared you got stopped with the bad parenting … callling it hands off , or excusing it with we dont want to parent to hard or give rules . lol ….
    no rules is what landed kids in the penitentary eventually… no rules no laws , no sturcture JADA GET IT STRUCTURE !!! YOUR STAUS HAS GONE TO YOUR HEAD WILL IS JUST RIDING WITH YOU WRONG OR RIGHT YOU DONT SEE WILL SMITH SAYING S..HIT CAUSE HE believes something went wrong .. you dont … until you do your gonna continue for years to defend willow now you gotta figure out what light to put her in , instead of the lime light she so spoiled i doubt if she will be placed anywhere by you … so now i bet your babysitters are working overtime .. and your windows have been boarded up ……………….. peace

  2. butterbeansuga on August 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    additionally .. that comment she made about willow coming to her about human traffiking sound so ignorant eveyone in this country unless your under a rock knows about human trafficing ,, so if willow comes to you about everything she would have asked you how old does a girls have to be to be laying in bed with a man? almost twice her age ? if willow come to you bout every thing did she ask you for permission to be partying wit the kardasian girls and this 26 year old man she was laying on his knee? i would want to know what are you gonna be doing at this mans house ? it better be studying for a movie role with him? lol you sound even more twisted in yoru lies .. cant you just accept child services dont investigate unless they feel the need … a lot of parents are warned no one rarely goes to jail .. but if its bad enough your kids are taken .. you narrow escaped mandetory house inspections ,and that may be due to your star power and brand being bought to shreds …lol that is the only reason for your slapp on the risk

    but your on file for every til willow turns 19 like it or not thats the way cps goes its the law once somone calls on you … they keep an eye on willow that is the reason you hired a nanny to follow her .. duhhh . so stop lieing jada

  3. butterbeansuga on August 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    OUT OF ALL THE CELEBRITIES SHE IS THE ONLY ONE I REMEMBER THAT COME OUT TRYING TO DEFEND HER OWN BAD PARENTING . CALLING CONCERNED CITIZENS PEDOFILES ??? WOW THAT IS HOW YOU KNOW SHE DELUSIONAL . now fix your image cause you look to much like steve harvey funny looking wife you and margie must been have the same daddy anything is possible sweets