Jada Pinkett-Smith Opens Up About Being Raised By Mom Addicted To Drugs, Why She Will Never Leave Will!


Jun. 4 2013, Published 7:16 a.m. ET

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Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her difficult childhood, detailing the experience of being raised by a mother addicted to drugs and has the details.

Jada, her mother Adrienne Banfield Jones and daughter Willow, sat down for a candid interview which will be broadcast on the new web series Red Table Talks, from Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment.


Jada Pinkett-Smith is opening up about her mother's drug addiction and how it motivated her in later life

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"I had mommy when I was very young and then I got addicted to drugs after mommy was born," Adrienne, who was barely older than 12-year-old Willow when she found out she was pregnant, told her granddaughter.

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"It was a very difficult time for us growing up with her and Jada did not have the kind of life that you have now. 


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"I was on drugs until your mom was like 17 or 18 years old. That's a long time."

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However, despite what must of been a difficult upbringing, Jada is quick to assure her mom that she actually used the situation to her advantage.

"I don't look at the experience that we had as bad," Jada said. "I turned all of that into power. So I used those things as motivation."

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The trio also talked to Redbook magazine, posing for a three generation family portrait, and Jada spoke about her devotion to Will, whom she has been married to since 1997.

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"What is the thing that Will could do to make me not love him?" Jada pondered. "That would make me abandon him? I can’t think of one. I'm sorry. Except if he did something bad to the kids — now we've got a problem."

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The 41-year-old actress also talked about how the showbiz family likes to find special moments in everyday regular life.

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"We tend to find magic in the mundane," she shared. "Picking Willow up from her girlfriend's house at 9:30PM, and enjoying that ride together, then stopping at 7-Eleven to get some ice cream as a family."

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And, when it comes to reading about herself and her loved ones in the tabloids? Well, she's no fan!


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"I have been affected by gossip and I know people who have been too," Jada admitted. "I've seen marriages destroyed by gossip. It is cruel. At the end of the day, all that matters is: Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? That is it, baby."

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