But as crushed as they were, she and her husband of 19 years, actor Will Smith, chose to force themselves to support his controversial decision.
On a new episode of her show Red Table Talk, the 46-year-old mother-of-two said she intuitively knew it was the right decision for Jaden, and that he had the maturity level to manage it.
Speaking to her now 19-year-old son on the Facebook show, she told him: “You got to a point where you told me straight up, you were like, ‘Mum, I have to leave here to live my life’.”
“I remember thinking to myself, as devastated as I was, I was like, ‘He’s right. The time is now. He’s 15. It’s time for him to leave the house.’”