Will Smith - Will Smith is not a pushy parent
Will Smith insists he is not a pushy parent and didn't force his children into the entertainment industry.
Will Smith insists he didn't push his children into the entertainment industry.
The 'After Earth' star says reports that he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith forced their children Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, to enter the spotlight are ''absolutely insane'', but admits he will do anything he can to help them achieve their career goals.
The 44-year-old actor told New York magazine: ''It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane.
''I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that's going to be everywhere in the world. He (Jaden) is making a choice from the informed.
''It's less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn't help with what he'd chosen. I have relationships with someone of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.''
The former 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' star also revealed that Willow, whose debut single 'Whip My Hair' was a hit around the world, no longer wants to be famous.
He said: ''She said, 'Daddy, I want to go school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.'
''At the peak of 'Whip My Hair,' she's like 'Daddy, I'm done.' I was like 'Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got 'Annie' [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It'll be New York, you'll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.' And she said, 'Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?' At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.''
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, nine, has replaced Willow in the film.
Jaden - who is dating reality TV star Kylie Jenner - also claims that he has a ''normal'' relationship with his father despite starring alongside him in the new science fiction film.
He said: ''He's, like, really just cool. He lets us have our freedom as long as we can control our freedom.''