Will Smith has been getting candid about his family life as he promotes his new book, Will, and revealed a lesson he learnt from his youngest child during a public appearance on Tuesday night.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star hosted a storytelling event at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, titled Will Smith: An Evening of Stories with Friends, where he recalled how he handled Willow's rise to fame.
"I felt like I was doing really, really well," he explained. However, Willow - who was just ten when she began touring with Justin Bieber following the success of her song Whip My Hair, was not happy.
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"Thank you, Daddy. I'm finished," Will recalled his daughter responding when he said she had to continue performing, "It doesn't matter to you that I'm done, Daddy?"
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Willow went to drastic measures to get her dad to listen to her and shaved her hair in protest. "I'm looking and I'm like, 'Got it, I got it, baby. I'm sorry. I apologise. You can stop,'" the actor recalled telling his daughter.
Will Smith learnt a valuable lesson from daughter Willow Smith
"It was terrifying. I felt like I had been texting looking at my phone and stepped out into the street in front of a bus and Willow snatched me back. As strange as it sounds, in that moment I discovered feelings.
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"Because of my childhood, because of how I was raised… I didn't care about how I felt so I damn sure didn't care about how somebody else felt. My feelings didn't matter in my childhood home.
"You did what you were told to do. I had to really think about the question she was asking me. The question she was really asking was 'Daddy, does it matter to you how I feel?' it was so explosive to my mind. That was a deep, existential question."
Will is also dad to sons Jaden and Trey
"My parenting style changed in that moment," he added.
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The Hollywood star shares Willow, 21, and son Jaden, 23, with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor is also father to Trey, 29, who he shares with ex-wife Sheree Zamino.
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