Will Smith Doesn’t Take Kindly to Kardashian Komparisons
“For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships — the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish,” he said.
“We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.”
Smith made sure to note that his brood wasn’t pimped out to showbiz — Jaden and sis Willow wanted it.
“It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane,” Smith said firmly. “I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. [Jaden] is making a choice from the informed.”
“It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen,” he explained. “I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.”
The ‘After Earth’ star also pointed out that Jaden is currently the only Smith offspring in the biz. “Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, ‘Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends,’” Smith said.
“At the peak of ‘Whip My Hair,’ she’s like, ‘Daddy, I’m done.’ I was like, ‘Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got ‘Annie,’ you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends,’” he continued. “And she said, ‘Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?’ At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.”
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