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.”