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Will Smith Speaks 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.jaden2jaden1


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5 comments

  1. Why the hell would Louis Vuitton make him face of their women’s wear but to cash in on controversy? I love that Will and Jada encourage their children’s artistic sides and all the places they go with it, but it’s troubling that there seems to be very little guidance —from an outsider’s perspective. By all means let him wear skirts if it helps him channel something, but on an ad? For women’s wear no less. C’mon!

  2. “Gender fluidity?” Is that the new name for madness

  3. Am not sure if I should laugh at this or not….

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