WILL SMITH’ S DAUGH­TER ‘RE­ALLY TESTED’ HIM

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Will Smith says his daugh­ter Wil­low “re­ally tested” him af­ter she achieved early fame with her Whip My Hair sin­gle.

The fa­ther of three, who is 50, spoke to Haute Liv­ing about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a “mutiny” within his fam­ily in 2012 af­ter his daugh­ter Wil­low, 18, ad­mit­ted she had to “for­give” him for how he han­dled her early fame, re­ports peo­ple.com. The sin­gle was re­leased in 2010, at a time when Wil­low was 10 years old.

His fam­ily’s re­ac­tion to his lead­er­ship style cul­mi­nated in the movie star chang­ing his per­spec­tive on how he viewed his wife, Jada Pin­kett Smith, and their chil­dren. The mo­ment also led him to con­sider join­ing so­cial me­dia, he said.

“(I) se­cretly call (2012) the year of the mutiny. And 2012 was re­ally the year that my fam­ily re­jected the di­rec­tion of my lead­er­ship. And that was the main thing that hap­pened,” Smith ex­plained.

Smith shared that his fa­ther, Wil­lard Car­roll Smith, Sr., ran a tight ship dur­ing his youth due to his back­ground in the Air Force.

“He dealt with the fam­ily like a sol­dier. I was used to the whole fam­ily work­ing the fam­ily busi­ness and be­ing run like a mil­i­tary unit. You fol­low or­ders, you have goals, you achieve things and there’s pun­ish­ment from the higher ranks if you don’t do what you are told to do,” said Smith.

PHO­TOS: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

Ac­tor Will Smith with daugh­ter Wil­low

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