Will Smith: ‘We May Have Gone Too Far’ Encouraging Willow and Jaden

Maybe he should send them to Bel Air? Will Smith got candid about his two wacky teenagers, Jaden and Willow Smith, during a recent radio interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra on Monday, February 8. 

When asked about his children’s unique forms of artistic expression, Smith, 47, lightly joked, “I think it may have been a mistake. I think we may have gone too far.”

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Will Smith with Jaden and Willow Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Willow, 15, is a musician and Jaden, 17, is an actor, photographer and model. Jaden is currently the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear, modeling in skirts, and is known for his Twitter musings. In December, he told GQ, “I don’t think I’m as revolutionary as Galileo. But I don’t think I’m not as revolutionary as Galileo.” He is currently writing his own philosophy book. 

In December, Willow released her debut album, Ardipithecus, telling The Fader, “Ardipithecus ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state.”

Dad Will went on to note that while he respects his kids as artists, he does worry as a parent.

“Jaden is 100 percent fearless,” the Concussion star said of his son. “He will do anything. As a parent, it’s scary; it’s really terrifying, but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions, and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”

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Jaden and Willow Smith Steve Granitz/WireImage

And though he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have given their kids free rein artistically, they still have some house rules.

“When [the boys] go out, they’re with six or seven dudes so they have a small army,” he explained. “So their freedom is slightly different from Willow’s. Willow’s a 15-year-old girl, so we try to have the same rules, but it’s a different world, so we’ve been struggling with that.”

The Grammy winner added that on Fridays and Saturdays his daughter’s curfew is 11:30 p.m., but she’s tested those boundaries regularly.

“She keeps calling and adding 15 minutes,” he said.

  

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