Earlier this year, Jada Pinkett Smith slammed the haters who criticized her daughter Willow Smith, 13, for taking a snapshot of herself laying in bed with friend and actor, Moisés Arias, 20.
During an interview with high-end shopping site Net-a-Porter, Jada came to her daughter’s defense again and further addressed the controversial photo that went viral. “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” she said. “It’s really tough. I feel like the connection to the value of women on a bigger scale has decreased tremendously. Even though you look and go, ‘Women have so many opportunities,’ it’s like, ‘Yeah, but at what cost?'”
Pinkett continued, “Are women valued for being women, or are women valued when they have more masculine qualities? Men and women encompass both female and masculine energies, but it seems like when the feminine is present, it’s not respected.”
“I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves. 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.”
Jada and her husband Will Smith were criticized as parents after the image surfaced, but the couple was too busy being in love to even care. During the interview, Pinkett opened up about she and Will’s long standing marriage, including how they handle rumors that they are often plagued with.
“The coping technique is knowing what the truth is— here’s no better technique. When you know that what’s going on in your house is so the opposite [of what’s being said], and you also know that when there’s mystery, people fill in the gaps, that’s OK,” she said. “And then you look back at it and look at how creative people can be, and it’s kind of entertaining. We can laugh because it’s so ridiculous. But I get it. I don’t take it personally.”
“We used to have all these rules, [but] as you go on in your relationship, you just get into a flow,” Jada explained. “The thing I love is being in a place where it’s just like, Will, to me, encompasses everything. It’s almost as if calling him ‘my husband’ is too small of a word for what he means in my life—and especially how I feel we, as women, identify the idea of a husband.”