Will Smith Calls Jaden an 'Artist,' Says He Supports His Son Being Himself

by Antoinette Bueno 7:17 AM PST, November 05, 2015
Playing Will Smith Calls Jaden an 'Artist,' Says He Supports His Son Being Himself

Will Smith certainly has his hands full with his children, 17-year-old Jaden Smith and 15-year-old Willow Smith.

The 47-year-old actor recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and talked about his unique children, particularly Jaden, who constantly makes headlines for his bizarre interviews. Just last month, the eccentric teenager compared himself to Galileo, and claimed he and Willow go to a "mystery school."

Smith says that he decided a long time ago to let Jaden be himself.

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"Jaden, because we're both artists, we decided a long time ago that it's sort of better to flow with what people are naturally, more than, like, what our egos need them to be," he comments. "So we really try to find the things that they're (Jaden and Willow) good at, and support those things rather than forcing them."

"Jaden loves math, Willow is more of a reader so, you know, we kind of just support those things," he explains.

Still, he admits that raising his two children with wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, is definitely challenging. Smith has another son, 23-year-old Trey Smith, with his ex-wife, Sheree Zampino.

"Teenagers should be [considered] an affliction, you know?" he jokes. "Like, when people come up to you, like, 'Hey Will, how you doing?' -- 'Awww man I got teenager.'"

"It takes everything you have to raise teenagers," Smith stresses.

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Jaden recently made Time's "Most Inflential Teens" list, and once again surprised readers with his abstract way of thinking in the accompanying interview.

"Being born was the most influential thing that's ever happened to me, for myself," Jaden reflected. "As far as people, what they think is influential -- like I said, the thing that you can make the most fun of and laugh at the most is whatever would be the most influential to the pop culture of the world."

"When they don't understand something, they're afraid of it, and if they don't understand it, they don't accept it or like it," he added, before once again referencing Galileo. "There's been so many things we don't understand like Galileo saying the Earth is not the center of the universe, it's actually the sun that we revolve around. Everybody thought that he was crazy! People didn't understand the level of science that he was putting forth into society. You can't blame these people that don't understand."

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