Will Smith Said Willow Smith ‘Taught Me Such a Valuable Lesson’: She ‘Hit Me Hard’
Will Smith had an energy that ‘torched my family’
During an appearance on HBO Sport’s The Shop Uninterrupted, Will discussed how he had been moving through his life with a very rigid mentality that he learned as a child.
Willow Smith sent a strong message to dad Will Smith when she shaved her head during her “Whip My Hair” tour. In a 2020 interview, Will explained how he wasn’t really hearing his daughter’s unhappiness about being on tour until she grabbed his attention by cutting her hair off.
It was Willow who made it very clear that he needed to end that way of thinking. “Willow hit me hard,” he explained.
“And, you know, for a good 15 years of my life I just torched my family with that energy,” Will said. “Because a part of what I wanted was not just me — I wanted my kids to do that, I needed my wife to do that, and just my family was miserable.”
“I was like, ‘No baby, you can’t go home, you gotta finish the tour.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah daddy, I’m finished,’” he said.
“So she’s 9 years old, with a top 10 single … and before that, only Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder had done it at that age,” Will shared. He believed he was winning at the parenting game, based on her success, so when she told him “Daddy, I’m ready to go home” after opening for Justin Bieber in Dublin, he was confused.
Will Smith learned a huge lesson from Willow
Will was blinded by his kid’s success and couldn’t understand why she would want to walk away from it since his professional drive kept him always striving to be number one.
“I was like, ‘Baby I got it. We can go home,’” he said.
“She comes down that morning and she had shaved her head bald … in the middle of her ‘Whip my Hair’ tour,” Will explained. “Yo man, I was like, ‘Wow!,’ And she taught me such a valuable lesson.”