Pinkett Smith defends her kid`s showbiz career

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 10:42 AM IST

London: Actor Will Smith`s wife Jada Pinkett has defended her decision to let her two children start their showbusiness careers at such a young age, insisting they don`t shoulder the same burdens as other pre-teen stars because they have no financial pressures.

"This isn`t about fame or money. They were still going to have their trials because of who their parents are. As much as I wish I could figure out a way I could protect my children, they have their destiny. I`m not going to put brakes on that out of fear," dailystar.co.uk quoted her as saying.

Their son Jaden, 12, kickstarted hismovie career with last year`s remake of "The Karate Kid", while his 10-year-old sister, Willow, launched herself as a singer and is currently on tour with Justin Bieber.

"Our children are allowed to stay in the paradigm of being a child. They don`t have to take care of their families: become the complete emotional, physical and financial focus that happens to many child stars."

"It is something to manage. I will not overlook that. I have a 10 year old who can stand up in front of an audience of 17,000 and rock the house. I have to keep her grounded," she said.

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