Confidence is important in show business, which is why Will Smith welcomes negative opinions about his kids. The actor tells News Com that he wants his sons and daughter to learn how to navigate around unfavorable comments.
“I want them to experience as much trauma as they can without them getting broken,” Smith says. “The world is hard so I want them to be able to hear people’s opinions and take what people say and what people think and grant people their own views without that breaking their self-confidence.”
It seems that Jaden is already doing a pretty good job. “He is so completely comfortable and confident in who he is and when I look at him, I really admire that,” Will shares. “Jaden has his own clothing line [MSFTSrep] and then he started wearing a skirt. Then I was like, ‘OK. You cannot wear a skirt.’ He said to me, ‘Dad, it’s fine. It’s going to be so hot all the kids will be wearing it.’ I said, ‘No, the kids are not going to do it because their parents will have sense enough to not let them do it.’ But he’s confident in who he is and who he wants to be.”
Will and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have two children, Jaden and Willow, together. The actor also has an adult son named Trey.
Bonus: Check out another recent interview from Papa Smith