The actress opens up about her difficult childhood
Jada Pinkett Smith often feared for her life when she was growing up in the US.
‘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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