Will Smith on His Son Jaden’s Gender Fluidity

Will Smith on His Son Jaden’s Gender Fluidity

Actor Will Smith was asked how as a dad he handled jokes aimed at his middle child, Jaden, whose gender-fluid style has made headlines around the world. His answer was one every parent should hear, understand and appreciate.

“There’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage,” Smith told BBC Radio 1Xtra host A.Dot.

At first, Smith joked about encouraging his children’s freedom of expression: “Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake. We may have gone too far.” He and A.Dot laughed, then Smith got serious.

“Jaden is 100 percent fearless. He will do anything, you know? So 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.”

Jaden is 17 and Smith’s youngest son. The teen was unveiled as the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear last month.jaden1jaden2

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10 Comments

  1. Kenny
    February 16, 06:38 Reply

    I just came to mark attendance. *stolen* LOL.

  2. Max 2.1
    February 16, 06:49 Reply

    Biko it’s too long to watch.

  3. Masked Man
    February 16, 09:05 Reply

    That pikin is beautiful.

    First time in my life that I am crushing on father and son.

  4. Jamie
    February 16, 15:22 Reply

    Jaden’s dad is sooooooooo cute!!!

  5. Tobby
    February 16, 16:05 Reply

    Is there a term for men who prefer wearing women’s clothes?

    • Hema
      February 16, 21:09 Reply

      Yeah. They are called transvestites. It goes both ways. Whether for ladies who prefer male clothing or men who prefer female clothing.

  6. peaches
    February 17, 17:29 Reply

    did u see dat pikin’s cute lil chest?, *nods head like a lion that sighted a Beverly hills chihuahua* amma do nasty if he were to be in my room ryt now.

  7. Father francis
    February 23, 10:53 Reply

    Just pictured telling my mum i am “Gender fluid” and just wanted to try out her heels for fun….. #2muchslapping #africanparents

  8. bamidele
    March 26, 13:26 Reply

    Gender fluid is actually not new in history. Within Africa, it has been practiced in precolonila period and even still being practiced in many traditional institutions today! For instance, masquerades embodies varied gender idnetities. Also, many our our traditional religions (such Sango among the Yoruba) embody both masculine and feminie identities: of course, this has nothing to do with sexuality as to homosexuality. The point is that nowadays, we have become more conscious because of the overall binary and rigid culture; hence the reason why all of this seems special to us.

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