The actress opens up about her difficult childhood

Jada Pinkett Smith often feared for her life when she was growing up in the US.

The actress, 41 – who has two children, Jaden and Willow, with husband Will Smith, 44 – had a terrifying time as a youngster in Cherry Hill, Baltimore.

‘I grew up in a drug-infested neighbourhood where you walk out each day
and you just hope that you make it,’ Jada recalls.

‘I’ll never forget seeing a friend of mine in the street.

‘I go and see my other friend and then I come out and he’s dead in the street.

‘There was a possibility I wouldn’t make it past 21 – that was the reality.’

Jada is very aware of the difference between her childhood and that of her kids Jaden, 14, and Willow, 11, who have always lived a star-studded lifestyle. 

‘I’d be terrified if I had to raise kids in the environment I grew up in,’ she tells You.

‘What I had to think about was, “Oh man, I wonder what I’m going to eat tonight because there’s no food here.”

‘That’s the kind of stuff I had to think about at 11.’

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Natalie Walsh