Jaden Smith Wants Emancipation From Will & Jada? [Watch]
Jaden Smith, the son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, was rumored to want emancipation from his parents for his 15th birthday. On the Ellen show on Thursday, Jaden and his father shot down those rumors with humor with host Ellen Degeneres.
"Here's the thing I need to explain. I'm not going anywhere," Jaden told Degeneres. "The thing that people don’t get is that everything at his house is free. So I can get anything and everything that I want at his house, so I think Imma be there for 20, 30 more years," he said to laughter. "But he [Will Smith] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies, then I have to get my own house."
The initial interview that sparked rumors occurred while Will was promoting their film After Earth in England. He told The Sun, “[Jaden] says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated.' I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh." The comment, which was meant in jest, was reported as fact.
It’s no surprise that news outlets thought the movie star was serious when he was talking about his eldest child, as the Smiths are known to take a more relaxed view on parenting. "We generally don't believe in punishment," Smith told The Sun in the same interview. "From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life."
Willow Smith, his 12-year-old daughter, made headlines when she was permitted to shave her head last year.
After Earth, starring the Smith father and son team, is due in theaters on May 31.