Jaden Smith asked his father Will Smith to be emancipated for his fifteenth birthday.
Jaden Smith seems to be mature beyond his years. The 14-year-old rapper, and son of famous parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, already has quite the unique style and his own fashion line in the works, he's got a rap career, an acting career, and now, he's ready to move out of his parent's home.
For his fifteenth birthday, which is coming up in July, Jaden apparently asked his parents to be emanicapted so he could get his own place. Will Smith told The Sun, "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." Will continued, "That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand."
Will Smith and his wife are known for their relatively lax parenting style, perferring to let their children decide for themselves what is the right thing to do. As Will explained it, "We generally don’t believe in punishment. 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."
Jaden Smith will star alongside his father in "After Earth," a movie by M. Night Shyamalan arriving on May 31st.
[Update: Jaden Doesn't Want To Emancipate]
"No emancipation for the Smith kids." -Will Smith
It turns out Jaden doesn't want to be emancipated from his parents after all. Father and son explained the situation on the latest episode of Ellen, claiming the whole thing was a misunderstanding stemming from a joke Will made in Tokyo. Peep it below: