Willow Smith sent a strong message to Will Smith’s father as she headed through the “Whip My Hair” tour. In an interview in 2020, Will explained how he didn’t really hear his daughter’s frustration of being on tour until she caught the attention by cutting her hair off.
Will Smith had an energy that ‘influenced my family’
During a show on HBO Sport’s The unbroken shop, Will talked about how he had been moving through a life with a very tight mind that he learned as a child.
“And, you know, for a good 15 years of my life I just made my family with that energy,” Will said. “Because it wasn’t part of what I wanted but me – I wanted my children to do that, I needed my wife to do that, and my family was just poor.”
It was Willow who made it very clear that he needed to end that way of thinking. “Willow hit me hard,” he explained.
“So she’s 9 years old, with a top 10 singles… and by then, only Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder had performed at that age,” Will said. He believed he was winning at the parenting game, based on her success, so when she told him “Dad, I’m ready to go home” after opening for Justin Bieber there in Dublin, he was upset.
“I was like, ‘No child, you can’t go home, you have to finish the journey. ‘It’s like,’ Yeah daddy, I’m ready, ” he said.
“But you can’t be ready… you promised Mr. Jay-Z that you were going to do the 30 days,” Will continued. “And she was like, ‘Or nothing, you he promised Mr. Jay-Z. ‘”
Will Smith learned a great lesson from Willow
Will was blinded by her child’s success and didn’t understand why she would want to walk away from him since her professional enterprise kept her always striving to be the number one.
He said the moment Willow nodded that night, it was very clear to him.
“She’s coming down that morning and she was shaking her head bald… in the middle of her ‘Whip my Hair’ round,” Will explained. “Man, I was like, ‘Wow!’, And she taught me such a valuable lesson.”
“I was like, ‘Baby I got it. We can go home, ‘”he said.
Jada Pinkett Smith also understood the importance
Through the October 13 program of Red Table Conversation, Jada Pinkett Smith and the guests spoke of the insulting mom they had seen and the actress said when Willow shook her head, “there was a firestorm. ”
According to Jada, however, none of the criticism happened because of what she saw.
“When people are like,‘ I can’t believe you shook Willow’s head, if they saw this child’s freedom of movement, watching her hair fall to the ground, ”Jada explained.
Seeing his daughter’s response to that powerful moment was definitely the bane of any outside scrutiny.
“So for me as a mother looking at that, getting to know her, there’s nothing anyone could say to me to tell me it was wrong,” Jada explained. “Not one person, because I was there, I was looking at her, I saw her face, I knew the journey she and I took together to get to that point. So it didn’t matter what anyone said. “