Will Smith Talks Willow Smith Fame Regrets

Will Smith has some ideas on how he dealt with his kids’s early showbiz careers.

Each Willow and Jaden Smith have been within the public eye from a younger age — with the previous’s debut single “Whip My Hair” topping the charts when she was simply 11. Within the aftermath of the success, she tried to give up being Justin Bieber’s help act for the My World Tour, solely to be informed by Will that she couldn’t. She subsequently shaved her head in protest.

As Willow defined in 2018, “I definitely had to forgive [Jada] and daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing. It was mostly daddy because he was so harsh at certain times. It was like, a couple of years trying to regain trust for not feeling like I was listened to, or no one cared what I felt during that time.”

In a brand new episode of the Peacock present Hart to Coronary heart, Will was requested by host Kevin Hart about instances that he is beforehand taken steps again from the highlight — and his remedy of Willow got here up.

“2010 was like the greatest year as an artist, as a parent. Karate Kid came out in June, ‘Whip My Hair’ came out in October. I’m building this dream of a family I’ve had in my mind,” he started.

“‘I’m going to do it better than my father did it.’ We’ve talked about it, my father was abusive,” Will continued. “I told myself I would never have that kind of energy with my family, and I had a dream, an idea of a family I was building. Pretty much 2010 to 2012 I had achieved everything I had ever dreamed. I was beyond [my] wildest dreams.”

Nevertheless, Will mentioned that the success started to tear his household aside: “Nobody in my family was happy. Nobody wanted to be in a platoon. Willow was the first one to begin the mutiny, and it was my first realization that success and money don’t mean happiness. Up until that point, I really believed that you could succeed your way — to a house and a family — and you could win your way to happiness.”

“That was my first introduction to the idea that material circumstances do not equal happiness and, in a lot of cases, they can be the reason you’re not happy.”

“You can have so much stuff that it makes you miserable,” he continued, noting that the expertise led him to find “feelings” in a means he by no means had earlier than. “That was my first pull-back, and I was like, ‘OK, what am I missing?’ That’s when I started reading and studying psychology and the relation to human happiness. I was never unhappy, I loved life — but I was driving the people around me in a way that I was leaving scorched earth.”