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Jada Pinkett Smith has faced a lot of scrutiny in 2020, but during a recent episode of her Facebook Watch show, The Red Table Talk, the actress says she’s not bothered about whether or not she’s liked.
“I never worry about being liked because it’s a trick bag,” Pinkett Smith, 49, said to daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield as well as invited guest, Jameela Jamil. “That is the space of manipulation. If you need somebody to like you it’ll be too difficult for someone to act from an authentic place.”
Her mother then chimed in: “Most people have a difficult time liking themselves. It’s almost like begging someone to see your true image through a cracked lens. It’s not going to happen.”
Earlier this year, Pinkett Smith took the bold step of confessing to having an “entanglement” with August Alsina. Despite the criticism, she has moved on from the controversy, and she and husband Will Smith appear to be in a good space.
Earlier this month, daughter Willow challenged the fact that she was parented differently to her brother Jaden Smith, on the show.
“For me, I knew that she’s gonna have it twice as hard,” Pinkett Smith said. “I needed you to be strong because I know what this world is like for us as Black women.”
She Pinkett Smith added: “My fear for having a Black daughter and what I felt like she needed to be in this world put me in a position to be a little harder on her.”