She’s spoken on it before, but recently, via Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, she once again got a lot off her chest regarding the recent controversy.
You know the story. Yes, the one about Miss Willow, 13, lying in bed with a shirtless Moises Arias who happens to be 20.
Pinkett Smith’s response: “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty.” She went on to explain that good parenting requires trust.
“I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves,” the actress, 42, told The Edit. “I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.’ They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.”
On top of that Pinkett Smith says she’s proud of how she’s raised her daughter.
“I’m not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in,” she mused to Us Weekly. “I don’t just sit with Willow and go, ‘Hey, this is what Mommy thinks. Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy’s been talking to you about.'”
Nope, that’s not her style. Instead, her goal has been to challenge her daughter to be bold and independent.
“What I do with Willow,” she revealed, “is I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first.”
In return, Willow inspired Pinkett Smith to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and work on a CNN documentary on the topic of human trafficking.
“When your daughter comes to you and is like, ‘Hey Mom, do you know that there are people selling girls my age for sex in this country?’ My first response was, ‘Oh no, that doesn’t happen here,'” she recalled to The Edit. “Then I did my research and I thought, ‘How could this be going on here and I not know?’ I felt ashamed and, being a woman in an industry that has a voice, I just felt this enormous amount of responsibility to at least let other people know.”