Jada Pinkett Smith Claimed Selling Crack Cocaine During Her Childhood Really Helped Her “Survive” After Being Worried About Her Addict Mother’s Life

Jada Pinkett Smith Chose to Sell Drugs to Feel Financially Secure

Jada Pinkett Smith Claimed Selling Crack Cocaine During Her Childhood Really Helped Her “Survive” After Being Worried About Her Addict Mother’s Life


  • Jada Pinkett Smith struggled in a family that had uncertainly about her own mother's condition.
  • To feel more financially stable, she wanted more than just a regular job to support her.
  • Pinkett Smith decided to sell crack cocaine in order to feel financial freedom.
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Jada Pinkett Smith has been through a lot throughout her life. From her childhood to her career, it has been an entire series of events fluctuating as if in constant motion. A life that has never come to a stop or let her rest. From her professional life to her personal life, there has been one traumatic experience after another, many leaving a permanent mark on her.

Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith

Throughout all of this, she has stood strong and fought hard. She has faced the eyes of the public, and their opinions about everything, whether it is about her marriage or the latest shows she’s a part of. There is no rest for her. That was something she felt from her childhood though, seeing that she was pushed into selling drugs just to feel herself to be financially secure.

Warning: The article below has mentions of addiction and death.


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Jada Pinkett Smith was Scared of Her Financial Situation

Growing up in a house with an addict is far from easy. Unfortunately, Jada Pinkett Smith understands that. The fear of ever having to prepare herself every single night about whether or not her mother would return home at all or die was something she had tragically gotten used to. While talking to People, she explained how it had given her a sense of independence as well.

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“Even though I always had a regular job, I just wanted more financial freedom, you know? Also out of the fear of like what if something does happen to my mother. What if my mother does die? What if she doesn’t come home one night? You know, either overdosed, arrested, whatever, and so, I decided to sell drugs.”

She opened up about how because of her mother’s addiction, there was never any sense of financial freedom in her life. Her dependency on her had limited her to the fears of what could happen to Pinkett Smith’s mother. Although she had a regular job at that age, she needed something more concrete, to ensure that even if her mother was not to return, she would not find herself spiraling.


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Jada Pinkett Smith Found a Means of Survival in Cocaine

In her interview with People, she elaborated on just how she found this financial independence for herself. It was by selling drugs that she found a way to survive in the lifestyle she was pushed into. Despite knowing the dangers that came with it, she admitted that it had been her solace at that point.

Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith

“I decided to sell crack cocaine. Just along the way, it just kind of leveled up and that was my solution at that particular time to survive. And it really, it helped me survive you know. But it put me in a lot of danger and I hurt a lot of people along the way.”

Pinkett Smith had to come to terms with the fact that her job meant that she would hurt a lot of people she knew. However, in the long run, it did not matter because it gave her the security she was yearning for.


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