Jada Pinkett Smith looks affirmative, gentle, and breath-taking all at once on the cover of Uptown magazine’s June/July issue. In the issue, she discusses the critics on stage-parent rumors, her husband - Will Smith and her music career.
Peep some excerpts below…
With poise, Jada Pinkett Smith embodies the essence of a superwoman. As the mother of two budding stars, a Hollywood wife, an actress and musical artist, she makes it look easy turning the world on the tip of her finger.
On stage-parent rumors…
“There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be all right. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them detriment,”
“My kids have no idea how I grew up. Even in knowing my story, they couldn’t know what that means. They have no RE-ALI-TY. None. My feeling is, my kids need to have challenges, in a safe way. If I survived everything that I survived in Baltimore and Will survived everything he survived in Philly, these kids surely can survive the Hollywood game. With so many heavyweights surrounding them—from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony—if they can fail in a circle like that, then they weren’t going to win in the first place.”
“All I want for Trey (Will’s oldest son from his first marriage), Jaden, and Willow is happiness,” she says. “As long as they’re happy, and know how to maneuver in this world, I’m good.”
Speaking of Baltimore, Jada tells Uptown she’s still the same person she came in the industry as…
“Sometimes you have to live who you’re not, to know who you are,” she says.
“That same girl you saw in Menace is the same girl who even then was listening to metal. But nobody knew that. If you talk to the Queen Latifahs and the Tupac Shakurs, they’d say, ‘Of course!’ I’ve always been a lot of things.”
It’s odd to speak of Hollywood’s power couples without mentioning The Smiths. Jada discusses her marriage to A-list actor, Will Smith…
“We create together; we love on each other,” Pinkett Smith says. “We raise our kids together. We are building something together.”
“People think that Will and I don’t spend a lot of time together. Too much time, actually, if you ask me,” she says with a laugh. “It’s always nice to have a little time apart. Sometimes you need that.”
Check out some more pics from the shoot, as well as behind the scenes footage below.