Jada Pinkett Smith. Picture: Instagram

Jada Pinkett Smith hopes her children won't date somebody who is going through a divorce - like she did with their father Will Smith.

The 47-year-old actress began dating Will over two decades ago, when he was going through a divorce with his first wife Sheree Zampino in 1995, and although she doesn't want to give her children - 17-year-old Willow and 20-year-old Jaden - too many rules on who they should date, she's advised they don't follow in her footsteps.

Jada said: "They have to find their way in regards to that, because I'm gonna tell you, you gotta be real careful with that because if anybody was in their right mind, they would've told me not to date Will when I did. He was in the middle of a divorce! Fresh! I would not suggest anybody do that."

But the 'Girl's Trip' star then noted that if her brood think someone is right for them, they should go for it no matter what.

She added to E! News: "But you don't know what your fate is. Looking back, that was not a smart move. But it worked out how it was supposed to."

Jada and Sheree discussed the breakdown of Will's first marriage during the premiere of Jada's Facebook Watch show 'Red Table Talk' in May this year.

The actress said at the time: "Because I did not understand marriage, I didn't understand divorce. I will say that I probably should have fell back."

And Sheree said: "Ya think? Oh, you thought it was done?"

Jada then added: "See, that's where I was wrong. Now, being a married woman and if Will and I were to get divorced now, my God. So when I think back about where I was, some of my insensitivity, some of my inconsideration just in regards to you guys unwinding a marriage."