Will Smith responds to Jaden gender fluid choice in clothes

Will Smith's perfect response to Jaden wearing women's clothes.
Will Smith's perfect response to Jaden wearing women's clothes.  Photo: Barry King

American actor Will Smith said his son' Jaden's fearless attitude towards life is "terrifying".

Jokingly, Smith said giving his children a lot of freedom of expression "may have been a mistake."

"I think we may have gone too far," Smith told BBC Radio 1Xtra with A.Dot.

Last month Jaden, 17, made headlines as the newest face of Louis Vuitton, modelling their spring/summer 2016 women's wear campaign.


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When asked how he handles people making jokes about Jaden wearing women's clothes, Smith said, "There's a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage."

"You gotta get out on the edge, you have to try things, you have to be comfortable doing things that people don't agree with and you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail."

"And Jaden is 100 per cent 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," Smith added. 

In an interview with Metro in 2013, Jaden said he likes the freedom his parents give him.

"It works pretty well," said Jaden. "Other teenagers go to parties and sometimes I be like, 'Why am I here right now?' And most of the time, I just leave right then and there."

Despite what Jaden thinks, Will and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, have been publicly criticised for their parenting style.

In 2012, Jada defended her decision in letting, a then 12-year-old, Willow Smith shave her head.

"Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair, she wrote. "It's also a statement that claims that even little girls have the right to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother's deepest insecurities, hopes and desires," she wrote on Facebook.

In 2014, it was reported Will and Jada were under investigation by child protective services after a photo emerged showing Willow, when she was 13, in bed with a 20-year-old man.

"How Will and I raise our family is a tremendous change from the norm," Pinkett Smith wrote on her Facebook page in 2012.

"It can be scary for some folks but it should never THREATEN how anyone else chooses to raise their own children or how they choose to live their lives."