Will’s winning kids
Will Smith spent Friday night in the bleachers cheering on his oldest son Trey’s high school football championship win. Look at Will. He does NOT have an 18 year old son. Trippy.
Trey, unlike his younger brother and sister Jaden and Willow, appears to be not interested right now in a life in the spotlight. It’s been well enforced that he is off limits to the media, even though his teammates are able to talk to the press. (PS. That other kid? The blonde in the grey hoodie and glasses? That’s Trevor Gretzky. He’s a quarterback. I’ve attached a video below because, well, you know. He’s exactly the mix of his dad a mom. This team is CRAZY. Joe Montana’s son plays too.)
While Will was in California celebrating with Trey, his two younger children were in New York for Z100’s Jingle Ball. Jaden, 12, performed with Justin Bieber. The week before, Willow whipped her hair at the Holiday Tree Lighting event in Los Angeles. I run to that song. It works. And I’m not going to lie. I am really into Willow Smith. In a way that makes me uncomfortable because she’s 10 and it goes against my rage against parent pimps. But these Smith kids, they have It. They do. You can’t take your eyes off of them. Willow describes it this way:
"It's what I've wanted to do my whole life. I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, the camera stuff from both. That's just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths."
Her whole life? She’s 10! She’s only been conscious for, what?, like 5 years?
But...what’s the rush?
And is it worth it for this?
"I never really get to go to school because I am always on tour or with my father. There is a tutor most of the time, but usually I am working so I never get to do the lessons. The worst thing about maths is all the kids are ahead of me because they go to school."
The effect of which is already revealing itself...
"Famous-ness is awesomeness... but some parts of famous-ness can be hard.”
What’s hard? When a 10 year old starts talking about “famous-ness” in terms of WORK, that’s when it gets hard:
"It felt like all the hard work paid off, mostly that. All the hard work that I've done, like recording 'Whip My Hair' - it's paid off. We went to this building, I don't remember what it was, but we had a meeting and I got to hang out with [Jay-Z] and (sing with) him, and it was fun."
Having said that, here’s how the Smiths are justifying their children’s early entrance into the business:
“Being part of the family she’s from, and working in the industry she’s chosen, she needs some guidance. So I’m here to teach her how to look after her later. Willow isn’t the breadwinner. Most times in this situation, a kid is supporting herself and an entire family. She’s not doing it to support a family, so she can do as much or as little as she wants to.” – Jada Pinkett-Smith
You know, she’s right about her kids being different from the Lohans, the Spears, and the Cyrus ones too in that it’s true Jaden and Willow don’t need the money. So for them, what they’re doing right now, the Karate Kidding, the hair whipping, they would say it’s their version of your kids playing minor league hockey, soccer, violin, orchestra. I guess...? #I’mconflicted