Jada Pinkett Smith is an American icon blessed with various gifts and talents. She is best known as a dancer, singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Above all, she is popular as the wife of the popular black American actor, producer, and comedian Willard Carroll Smith Jr. aka Will Smith. Although her husband’s wealth and social status have rubbed off on her in some ways, Jada has done well in her quest to succeed in both her acting career and business. While much has been written about the star actress’s career chronicle, read on to learn more facts about her family, relationships, and children.
Who Exactly is Jada Pinkett?
Born on September 18, 1971, Jada Pinkett grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts with a focus on dance and theater. After graduating high school, Jada moved on to the North Carolina School of Arts, where she pursued her dream of becoming an actress. During her high school time, however, she met the American actor and rapper Tupac Shakur, who was her classmate at that time.
Jada Pinkett Smith began her acting career in 1990 after moving to Los Angeles. She started with a role in one of the episodes of the sitcom True Colors. After getting along quite well with her first acting roles, Pinkett was then offered more acting roles on TV shows such as the 1991 movies, 21 Jump Street, Doogie Howser, M.D., and A Different World. Between 1996 and 2001, Jada’s acting roles in a variety of genres had increased enormously, with more positive reviews from magazines and newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle, which mentioned her with other great black actresses such as Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, and Queen Latifah. Jada Pinkett starred in films such as The Nutty Professor and Set It Off.
In 2008 the beautiful actress also showed her talent as a film director in the drama The Human Contract. In addition to her directing debut, she writes songs and sings for the metal band Wicked Wisdom. As a businesswoman, Jada owns a clothing line that is popularly called Maja.
Meet The Mom
Jada Smith is a daughter of Adrienne Banfield-Jones, who is of Jamaican descent, and Robsol Pinkett, Jr, a construction manager who is an African American. Their mother Banfield, who worked as a senior nurse in a downtown Baltimore clinic, was pregnant with her during high school. She then married Pinkett, Jr., but their marriage broke up a few months later and Banfield was left to care for her daughter Jada alone, but with the support of her own mother, Marion Martin Banfield. Jada’s mother named her Jada, after her favorite soap opera actress Jada Rowland.
Although Jada stayed with her mother during her early years, she seemed closer to her maternal grandmother, who took care of her while her mother struggled with drug addiction. In fact, it was her grandmother who discovered her passion for acting. Jada is not her mother’s only child, she has a brother named Caleeb Pinkett. He is an actor like herself. Jada adores her mother and describes her as one of her closest confidants.
Jada’s mother is still alive and bubbling. In May 2018 she set the media on fire when she published pictures of herself in a pretty bikini. In the picture she published on her Instagram page, she posed in a neon-colored two-piece that revealed her six-pack.
Husband & Children
As mentioned above, Pinkett’s husband is Will Smith, whom she married on 31 December 1997. The two first met when Jada auditioned for one of the characters on Smith’s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and although she didn’t get the role, she got something better, a friendship with Will that ended in marriage. They started getting together in 1995 and after about two years they decided to get married in The Cloisters, near their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will are blessed with two children – Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, born July 8, 1998, and Willow Camille Reign Smith, born October 31, 2000. Jada also has one stepson, Trey Smith. He is the son of Will Smith from his previous marriage.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s children have also found their way into the world of entertainment. Their son Jaden is a rapper, singer/songwriter, and actor, while their daughter Willow is a dancer, singer, and actress.
Fact Check: Is Jada Pinkett Dead?
Sometime in 2018, Jada Pinkett was the victim of a fatality. News of her death spread on September 16, 2018, just days before her birthday, and thousands of condolence messages began to pour in, in which most of her fans expressed how much they were affected by the news. Jada’s representative replied the next day, dismissing the news of her death as fake. While some see the death news as an opportunity to score points for the actress’s popularity, others expressed their anger at the news and said it was disturbing and hurtful.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Jada Pinkett Smith is not quite as tall, she is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 49 kg. With black hair and hazel eyes, Pinkett’s waist, bra size, and hips are measured at 24,35,35.