Will Smith Says "No Emancipation For The Smith Kids"

UPDATE: Jaden and Will Smith appear on "Ellen" and discuss Jaden's desire to be "emancipated."

Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have received both criticism and praise for their modern approach to raising their two children, Jaden and Willow Smith. During a recent interview with The Sun, Smith shared the details of the pair’s modern parenting techniques and even spoke on 14-year-old son Jaden wanting to be emancipated for his next birthday.

“He 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. That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand,” Smith explained.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Jaden also hopes to make his mark in both Hollywood and in the world of Hip Hop. He’ll star alongside his dad in the upcoming film After Earth and on the music end he released his own mixtape titled The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1 just last year. The actor/rapper has also appeared on records with Justin Bieber and sister Willow Smith.

During his conversation with The Sun, Smith also spoke on not punishing his children and shared that he and his wife instead ask that they explain why they believe there actions were right.

“We generally don’t believe in punishment,” said Smith. “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. I think it’s a much more difficult question to ask someone — ‘Why was that right?’ — than to try to show them why it was wrong. Nobody wants to be wrong, all parts of yourself fight like crazy to not be wrong. So I’ll say to Jaden, ‘Why was that the right thing to do for your life?’ and if he can explain why kicking his sister in the chest was the right thing to do, we can see to it that he understands that it wasn’t so smart.”

There’s no word yet on if Jaden Smith will release any new music in the near future, but he can be seen in After Earth when it’s released in theaters on May 31.

(May 14)

UPDATE: Even though Jaden Smith has said he wanted to be emanicapted when he turns 15, the rapper-actor no longer seems interested in the idea of leaving his parents' house. "I'm not going anywhere," Jaden says during an interivew with "Ellen," which also featured Will Smith. "The thing that people don't get is everything at his house is free." 

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  • grace

    is jaded smith marred or not. my name is grace.

  • Reverend

    Emancipation sounds like a good idea. He's famous enough to not go to jail and have a personal Parole Officer. I'm sure a state appointed babysitter would do a much better job raising Will Smith's children.

  • Anonymous

    youngin look frooty to me. maybe he can hang with magic jr.

  • Anonymous

    "She ain't cheating" She cheated with Marc Anthony.

  • Anonymous

    "doesn't that mean he wants his own independence?" The Karate Kid himself stated how everything at home was free, so why would he leave that knowing everything that has ever been done for him was because his parents made it happen? To me that sounds like a spoiled brat. Willy probably told him he couldn't buy a 10 million dollar house, so he wanted to get back at them by threatening to legally be free of their care.

  • Starship Poopers

    will smith in direct contact with xenu

    • Real Talk 100

      A great way to get stupid people to pay attention to your movie is for the teenage actor to ask for emancipation. Brilliant PR. Xenu is an evil galactic tyrant from the fake Scientology religion. According to Elrond Hubbard, Xenu was killed three centuries ago in an epic battle with Chuck Norris.

    • Xenuphobe MC ExWhyZee-One

      wtf is a Xenu???

  • blitzlegga

    sounds like Jaden is trying to leave that bullshit Scientology household that he and his sister grew up in. little does he know, you can't get out of Scientology that easily...

  • Anonymous

    What a spoiled little shit. Everything's free, yet you still want to move out? Just be glad your bitch ass has Mommy and Daddy broking all of your movie deals.

    • Come On

      Think about what you just wrote dude, How does that make him spoiled when he wanted to leave and do his own thing? doesn't that mean he wants his own independence? whichs means he'd being paying for his own shit, maybe if you put you jealousy aside you'd see how bad you contridicted yourself.

  • real nigguh

    Fck this I'm still trippin off of ol dude giving up his scholarship for a rap career lmao where are the parents yo



  • Anonymous

    why is this news rich kid realizes he is better off living with his rich parents where everything is free amazing news

  • Anonymous

    Jaden got tired of his mom cheating on Will so he wants his own pad. Give The Karate Kid a break.

    • Prick James

      She ain't cheating. Will knows what's up and he got his own shit too. Only Chris Bosh struggles harder to stay in the closet.

  • Anonymous

    Will smith is more hip hop than most of OUR favourite rappers out today. He has never been fake he's always stayed in his lane never tried to be a fake ass gangster and he is making more money in his sleep than the so called best. Your favourite rappers wish they had Will Smiths career

    • lol

      faggot ass anonymous clowns braggin bout will smith's money like they gon get some, fuckin retards. da fuck does a grown man look like braggin bout another grown mans funds, get a job nigga

    • Anonymous

      Alot of that was luck. If ID4 had flopped, he would have been gone.

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      He get's 20 mill a movie and makes one every two years.

  • ja rule

    Ja Rule should parent this kid.

  • foreal

    and this is hip hop news right? an aging actor who had an album out like 15 years ago.

  • a guy

    I was friends with a guy shaun. but he started being a dick to me hard so i told his girl friend about the time he cheated on her before he went to america to visit her. i feel kinda bad but still think i should have done it cause people need to stop fucking with me

    • Shaun

      Wow. So now I know...

    • Anonymous

      He prolly too big of a pussy to fight Shaun so he gotta tell on him to his girlfriend. You fags of these days kill me

    • Killem Dafoe

      You violated the bro code by telling his girlfriend about his transgression. That's a bitch move right there. If you felt like Shaun was disrespectful to you, you should've went hand-to-hand with it. You feeling bad is the guilt for putting on a skirt...

  • N/A

    Will Smith is a talented Actor and all but he needs to Man up and #GTFOHWTB seriously!! "Why was that the right thing to do for your life? and if he can explain why kicking his sister in the chest was the right thing to do" That's why a lot of these Teens today end up going out robbing Banks, shooting and killing People, selling Drugs, committing Crimes because their Parents are too damn soft on them. You think back in my day growing up I could kick one of my Brothers in the Chest and explain why I did that? I kick one of them in the Chest I promise you my Mom will kick me in the Chest, beat me with a Leather Belt then knock me out TKO style like "Mike Tyson's punch out" for Nintendo. Jaden's not even 15 yet and he thinks he has the right to be out on his own in the real World oh yeah!!! #GTFOHWTB I see this Kids Head is getting BIG already since Will Smith help put him on in the Game

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  • Anonymous

    back in the day will smith would battle anyone.

  • Julia Bond

    anyone else think this kid got the most annoying, arrogant look ever?

  • bevis n butt head


  • Anonymous

    What's he gonna rap about? Being a Hollywood brat..

  • Anonymous

    These kids are going to be Hollywood train wrecks.. Cory style

    • Anonymous

      thats why so many families move back home to raise their kids america is no place to raise a child, its way too fucked up

  • wow

    Youre gonna emancipate a 15 year old? In today's society?? I don't care if your son/daughter is an dang angel, that can't be a smart move. just sayin

    • steve

      "In the UK at age 16 you can legally: Leave home Have Sex Get Married Drink Alcohol Buy Smokes Drive A Car Kill people in WAR" Realistically at 16 Years old in the U.K you can: Drink alcohol in a resterant and bar if you're with you're gardian(18y/o to buy them) Have sex Have a pack of smokes in your pocket without poice taking them away (18y/o to buy them) move out get married with both parents permishion

    • so what?

      fuck the UK, full of ugly ass girls wit bad teeth, hahaha fuckin fruity ass bitch!

    • Is 15 really that young?

      In the UK at age 16 you can legally: Leave home Have Sex Get Married Drink Alcohol Buy Smokes Drive A Car Kill people in WAR

  • Bulletproof Wallets

    They sure as shit don't believe in acting classes this little girl was a fucking disgrace in Karate Kid.

  • Anonymous

    "why they believe there actions were right" Y'all REALLY need to learn the English language.

  • Anonymous

    Thought slavery was over.



    • You Forgot Someone

      Black as in color, not race...I'm black but not as dark as this nigga so you can GTFO Kizzy.

    • Kizman

      " fat, black, ugly muthafucka" wtf?? you in the kkk or some shit? GTFO

    • You Forgot Someone

      Fuck Rick Ross for being a CO that popped up in the rap game with somebody else name, likeness, and life story about being a drug kingpin and even after gettin' good rap money this fat, black, ugly muthafucka couldn't pull a bitch to save his life so he gotta drug and rape bitches and on top of that he runnin' for his life cause real gangstas wanna murk this bitch....run-on sentence bitch! #BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    A kid age 15, thinking about emancipating, does not suggest good parenting. In fact,his request suggest the opposite. Those kids have always appeared spoiled, snotty, and a lil ego driven. They are not likeable, esp the boy who thinks too highly of himself. The kid will learn when his movie and cd's start to flop. Hes not a good actor, hes average at best.

  • DentaldAmbOy

    You YMCMB haters are fucking idiots. Because I'm an accountant for Cash Money Records, I spend a lot of time with Birdman. He told me that in 96, Biggie was looking to get out of his contract with Bad Boy so he could sign with Cash Money. If Cash Money is right for Biggie, then it's clearly the top record label. Unfortunately, Jay-Z and Diddy found out about Biggie's upcoming departure and had him shot. Also, Birdman as always a role model for Pac. Most of you don't know this, but the song Hit Em Up was originally supposed to be Split Em Up, a song where Pac brags about fucking Faith, leading to her breakup with BIG. But Birdman explained to Pac that real gangsta's talking about killing people, so that's how Hit Em Up took on such a violent tone. YMCMB for life. We got the game by the clit!

  • Im jus aksin

    Lol at this comment...Rotflmbao awwww-man, who the fucc wrote this shit? "Why did you kick your sister in the chest?" "To see if the bitch could fly." "Ok son I think you're ready to move out and stand on your own two."

  • Greatest Rapper Never

    I don't care if he acts, that's expected from celebrities kids, but Hip Hop needs this kid like Diggy Simmons needs a pack of cigarettes. Eminem took his old man out the game with one line, looks like Slim needs to start sharpening his pencil again...

    • Hip Hop

      no he didn't, Nas didn't write a single barr on that album. I have no idea why you kids constantly try to take away from Will Smiths talents, 98% of Will's music was written by Will. All writers on that album are listed there and Nas name isn't on it and on that track in particular it is only Will as writing credit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_and_Found_(Will_Smith_album)

    • Greatest Rapper Never

      Well, obviously I disagree with both of your statements. The only good thing to come out of Will Smith's rap career was the hook on Welcome 2 Miami and The Fresh Prince. Not the tv show or the song, just the name Fresh Prince. And DJ Jazzy Jeff is a dumb name so that eradicates some of its dopeness.

    • Anonymous

      ^ He did but NAS wrote that...

    • Anonymous

      actually Will sonned the shit out of Eminem on "Mr Nice Guy"

    • Dark Man X

      Will Smith has an impressive discography. Nothing to sneeze out sir

  • Anonymous

    Why they believe THEIR* actions were right.

    • Anonymous

      The writers on DX make so many spelling errors it's not even worth pointing out anymore. That being the only mistake in this article is actually a sign of improvement on this site.

  • zooooooo

    Not surprise this family is whack the Kids do to much they are under 18 but they be doing weird shit and the Parent don't give a fuck about the children this is how kids end up dead

    • firehawk17

      niggas end up dead cause they dont have parents to sit down and talk to them with real life lessons...single parent home struggling financially with no real guidance...do the best they can and "hope" the kids do right.. These parents have money and the time to teach, while working and the kids making money too... thats how you do it.. you a real nigga for your statement.. not a black man.. plain pure unmitigated nigga

    • danny

      I'd rather my son be making music and acting at age 14 than out selling drugs and getting fucked up. You really think he's in an environment where he's in danger? Yeah he'll probably have a shorter life than half of the kids in Compton. Plus one for you.

  • A Person

    God I hate this generation, kids gotta grow up, learn that they don't know everything and shit. I mean, for fucks sake, I am not much older than the kid and I know I got a ways to go before I am ready to live on my own and make important decisions. This generation is just, ugh. Sit him down and make him listen to some Melle Mel or Grandmaster Caz or something, might help give him some perspective.

  • Anonymous

    you gotta whip your kids ass with coat hangers.. even if they right.. it shows them you da boss and you dont give a fuck whats right and wrng

    • ^flacid muthafuka above me

      they gon grow up in this hell of a world ya dumb bitch, gettin beat with a fuckin coat hanger, mufukin extension cords n shit aint shit compared to what they gon go thru when dey grown

    • Anonymous

      Fuck you asshole. That's called abuse, and only a chicken shit motherfucker would beat on his kid because he's too afraid to actually have to parent.

    • wow

      Its true - more violence on kids is what's needed

    • Anonymous


  • RJM

    Why would you wanna be emancipated when Will Smith is your papa?? Dumb kid he's living the good life now.

  • E-Money

    OMG these comments are HILARIOUS!!!!

  • wu4lyf

    'Emancipating' a 15 year old kid? Yeah sounds like a great example to set to young parents with kids..fuck it don't discipline your kid, don't punish him when he's in the wrong...basically sit that kid down and ask him to explain his actions. Kids learn great that way, like that they will respect people and mature into functioning adults. This be some rich celebrity bullshit that bears no relation to the real lives of parents, I have 2 kids and let me tell you, modern life for average parents is not this sugarcoated ear piss Will Smith is gushing about.

    • wu4lyf

      @room2roam I don't know ANY 15 year old how is emotionally mature enough and experienced enough to be emancipated from his parents' or guardian's care. I don't care how rich, intelligent, successful or whatever your 15 year old kid is, he's not an adult. That's why we have laws protecting young people from being manipulated or from making stupid decisions, society has accepted that. And yes I listen and talk to my kids and respect their right to make their point but bottom line is that I'm in charge and I set the ground rules, and (most of the time) they accept that. @Anonymous 1 WIll Smith ain't young but he be setting a bad example to young parents is my point. @ Anon 2 no letting kids run riot and telling them that the world owes them everything and they owe nobody nothing is what has got us into the mess we are in. Disciplining through violence should never be the solution, but the truth is that a firm and loving parent/guardian that teaches a child the decent way to behave is what a kid NEEDS.

    • Anonymous

      yea because punishing children to discipline them for centuries has the world in great shape today...

    • Anonymous

      But Will Smith ain't a young nigga he's like 45 years old

    • Guest

      I think we can all agree on one thing: young niggas suck at parenting

    • Assassin221

      I know this shit is retarded, you can't sit down with kids and reason with them because they're not adults, they're KIDS. They don't care about making good decisions and learning right from wrong, they care about ice cream and shit (or at 15, weed and pussy probably). That's why you punish kids so they learn to respect right from wrong even if they don't understand it yet. Watch this kid turn out fucked up on some Lindsay Logan shit.

    • room2roam

      from the sound of your comment i would guess that emancipation is not an option for your children but have you even tried asking your child the question before punishing or let me guess, u already know it wont work... every situation is different. maybe he knows his son is mature enough to be on his own


    pill smith and tell your wigger friend he cant join jasons after him its a burnt thing haaa


    pill smiths family wants the men in black.but carrie might be in his house got light haaa

  • hes a clown

    jaden you fucking idiot

  • Anonymous

    yo the first slaughterhouse is classic

  • Anonymous

    Will Smith makes some sense. He knows his son has his own money, and is going to be making his own choices, so if he wants to be on his own, that's his choice. I also think Will knows Jaden will probably be back home by 22, so let me make his mistakes now.

  • Anonymous

    this is why the youth is gettin more fucked up these days. cause parents like will smith spoil their kids so much that they feel the need to be emancipated at 15 fuck will smith

  • Anonymous

    damn Jaden kicked his sister in the chest?

  • Anonymous

    Someone needs to send they ass to parenting school. Dumb fuckers!!! smh!

  • jay

    "To all the kids all across the land... Take it from Will.... parents just don't understand...." The shoe os on the other foot now Will... haha

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  • yamutha

    rich kids.. smh. This is why each generation gets more and more fucked up.

  • Anonymous

    im not suprised kid wants to move out Willard smith is so annoying as person

  • Anonymous

    "Why did you kick your sister in the chest?" "To see if the bitch could fly." "Ok son I think you're ready to move out and stand on your own two."

    • Anonymous

      True, this kid gets no stars. SWAG

    • Anonymous

      The second anonymous to reply on this thread was totally Kramer trying to defend himself incognito. This is an impartial third party also posting as anonymous who noticed this and thought it would be funny to point out. You're welcome.

    • Anonymous

      ^damn dude you on your period today? he said 'this' kid. Go outside get some air

    • Anonymous

      because you hate kids? Because hes got loving parents and you were raised by the tv and Xbox? Because hes better looking than you and you couild get a prom date and some how that's his fault?

  • dentaldamboy

    There's no way a 15 year old kid is mature enough to live by themselves. When Wayne was 15, he lived with my boss, Birdman. Birdman kept Wayne on the straight and narrow, and now Wayne is as popular globally as the Beetles and Michael Jackson.

    • Lil' Wayne

      I didn't live alone at 15 because you said if I did that you would come over to my house and touch me in my private parts.

    • Chris Etrata

      I could also add in Adele for her 21 album. I think sales for that album also exceeded the YMCMB roster.

    • Birdman

      Youre fired playboy you cant suck dick rite be gone.

    • ^

      Don't forget The Beatles also sold more copies of one album than the entire YMCMB roster combined. Also, it's blasphemous to compare Wayne to Michael and the Beatles. Michael and the Beatles changed music forever while Wayne just hops on the next hot trend. Wayne is not as popular globally as those two legends.

    • Anonymous

      that is HILLARIOUS, Michael Jackson so more copies of 1 yes just ONE of his albums than the entire YMCMB roster has sold COMBINED WITH JUST ONE ALBUM only a retard would compare someone like wayne to actually musical legends

    • Anonymous

      d you are a muppet for biting. Obvious troll is obvious.

    • You dont know Birdman

      You Dont Know/Work For Birdman's Old Washed Up Ass, Idiot.

    • kami

      I lived on my own from 15 onwards and it was the right thing for me. Nothing wrong with it, it depends so much on the kid!

    • d

      ure a joke, comparing lil wayne to michael jackson. hes UNIVERSES away of that. hes popular yea, cause he gets pushed hard. but musically hes shit and boring

  • yeaaahh

    They are obviously doing something right because they've raised kids who are talented, head strong, and have great work ethic. I'm not sure if it's good for 15 year old to live on his own just because he can afford to, though... but they're a great family.

    • Anonymous

      I would wait until their kids are at least 25 to officially say that they aren't crazy. You could have said the same thing about Lindsey Lohan's old lady when she was 15...

    • Anonymous

      my thoughts as well....

  • Anonymous

    i wish my daddy and mommy was a multi millionaire, who help launch my career, so i can continue making millions.

  • Anonymous

    I can only imagine the difficulties of raising a child in 'Hollyweird".....I think Will and Jada have done a pretty job considering....

    • Anonymous

      dunno they've got a bi-sexual, head shaved, pierced up 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER I love Will but having a 12 year old daughter who has already decided she wants to try bi-sexuality out is pretty fucked up having a 12 year old daughter who is thinking about sex period is pretty fucked up

  • jozi

    i whoop my kid's ass errday of the week so fuck Will Smith and fuck you too.