Willow Smith, Moises Arias Are Like Family, Brother Jaden Smith Is His Best Friend

Celebrity News May. 8, 2014 AT 12:55PM
Moises Arias and Willow Smith in a controversial photo After their bed photo stirred up controversy and confusion this week, a source explains to Us Weekly that Willow Smith and Moises Arias are "like family" -- get the details Credit: courtesy of Moises Arias

Much ado about nothing. Willow Smith unwittingly provoked a major tizzy on Wednesday when actor-musician Moises Arias posted a shirtless photo of himself in bed with the 13-year-old singer. However, despite the questionable and seemingly intimate moment between the pair, a source assures Us Weekly the young stars are just good friends, and that the images in question weren't for a magazine or other project.

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"It wasn't for a shoot, just for fun, they both love to take photos and enjoy being creative with their shots," a source tells Us. "They are like family, brother and sister, and there is nothing sexual about the photo." 

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Arias, 20, is also close to her older brother, 15-year-old Jaden Smith. "Moises calls Jaden his best friend. They are very, very close and he's been hanging with [Justin] Bieber through Jaden after that," the source adds of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's son. "He had a girlfriend but he's single now. Girls are actually all over him. He's a super charming kid, but harmless."

Jaden Smith and Moises Arias
Jaden Smith and Moises Arias
Credit: Barry King/FilmMagic

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The Hannah Montana alum has yet to respond to the backlash, but mom Pinkett-Smith set the record straight. On May 7, the Gotham actress spoke about the controversial black-and-white photo at Los Angeles International airport.

"Here's the deal," she told paparazzi. "There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation."

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"You guys are projecting your trash onto it," she continued, with her left index finger pointing in the air. "You're acting like covert pedophiles and that's not cool."

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