December 1, 2021

Will Smith Recalls Feeling Heartbroken After Jaden Asked To Become An Emancipated Minor

Will Smith opens up and will get candid about his parenting struggles within the upcoming self-titled memoir, Will. In an excerpt obtained by PEOPLE, one reminiscence specifically that Will remembers was when his son Jaden Smith wished to develop into an emancipated minor.

Again in 2013, Will and Jaden starred in a movie collectively referred to as, After Earth. The film didn’t achieve this properly and finally flopped. Whereas Will wasn’t affected by the movie, Jaden obtained quite a few photographs.

“‘After Earth’ was an abysmal box office and critical failure. And what was worse was that Jaden took the hit. Fans and the press were absolutely vicious; they said and printed things about Jaden that I refuse to repeat. Jaden had faithfully done everything that I’d instructed him to do, and I had coached him into the worst public mauling he’d ever experienced,” Will mentioned.

The Philly actor says he believes that Jaden felt “betrayed” and “he lost his trust in my leadership.” Will remembers being heartbroken when Jaden requested to be emancipated. “At fifteen years old, when Jaden asked about being an emancipated minor, my heart shattered. He ultimately decided against it, but it sucks to feel like you’ve hurt your kids,” Smith mentioned.

Will then shares the time when he had an identical second along with his daughter Willow Smith. Will is about to be within bookstores on November ninth.