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Actor, Will Smith isn’t holding back any punches when it comes to sharing more insight into his personal life in his new memoir entitled “Will.”
The Philadelphia native shares one of his biggest parenting regrets in his new memoir while discussing one huge mistake that he made with his son, Jaden Smith.
In his new memoir, the 53-year-old father talks about a personal experience that left Jaden to be ridiculed publicly while the father and son duo’s film, After Earth, was ripped to shreds.
“After Earth was an abysmal box office and critical failure,” Smith wrote. “And what was worse was that Jaden took the hit. Fans and the press were absolutely vicious; they said and printed things about Jaden that I refuse to repeat. Jaden had faithfully done everything that I’d instructed him to do, and I had coached him into the worst public mauling he’d ever experienced.”
While fans and critics tore into Jaden publicly for the box office failure, a heartbroken Smith later reveals that he learned that Jaden wanted to be emancipated at the age of 15.
“At fifteen years old, when Jaden asked about being an emancipated minor, my heart shattered. He ultimately decided against it, but it sucks to feel like you’ve hurt your kids.”
Noting that his son felt betrayed by his father, Jaden ultimately lost trust in Will.
“We never discussed it, but I know he felt betrayed. He felt misled, and he lost his trust in my leadership,” wrote The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star.
The budget for After Earth was $130 million. However, the film only earned $27 million during its opening weekend.
The father of three mentions that his troubled relationship with his father, as well as his first marriage and divorce with Trey’s mother, Sharee Zampino.
“You’re going to learn things about me that you never knew….Ugh, a whole lot of stuff,” Smith teases in the trailer.
In a recent promotional video, the new author teases fans with other mistakes within his journey.
“This is the story of my life. Available Nov. 9, link in bio. #willthebook – Will Smith.”
“Will” will be released today, Nov. 9.
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