Will Smith is not a fan of folk comparing his family to the Kardashian family. How do we know? Because it was clearly evident during a joint interview that he did with his 14-year-old son, Jaden, with Vulture. The interviewer, Claire Hoffman, initially asked Jaden about rumors that he’s dating Kylie Kardashian. She also asked Jaden if their family saw themselves in the Kardashians who “have treated their fame as the family business.” Will interjected and answered the interviewer directly explaining:
You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions. For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.
Will also insists that his family didn’t seek fame out.
It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.
He also explained that Willow was the one that wanted a break from the business, not her parents.
Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” I was like, “Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.” And she said, “Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.