Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, were once investigated by the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services after a photo of their then 13-year-old daughter Willow Smith, in bed with a shirtless, then 20-year-old actor Moises Arias, surfaced on social media. While a source told Radar that the case was “being taken very seriously by the department,” Jada herself told reporters, “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation.”
While the Smiths were cleared of wrongdoing, Jada later said on “Red Table Talk” that “the kids got to see for the first time, why Will and I had been so protective.” Yet it wasn’t the only time her parenting style was under fire. She faced criticism when her husband admitted to Metro (via E!) that he and Jada, “don’t do punishment,” explaining that they prefer to “give them as much control over their lives as possible.”
Whether or not you find the Smiths’ hands-off approach sketchy, Jada dished on her show that she’s been mom-shamed a lot over the years for various reasons. She revealed, “I got shamed a lot for Willow. But Jaden — that was hardcore,” adding it was because “he was wearing a skirt and then he isn’t what people consider your typical Black man.” In terms of Willow, she recalled specifically, “The first time I got hardcore criticism, when you first cut your hair, I mean there was a firestorm.”
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