Will Smith sat down with author extraordinaire Sista Souljah to help her promote her new book “A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story” at Temple University in Philadelphia this past weekend. The two stars had a candid discussion about relationships and what it takes to make a marriage and family work.
The open dialogue led to a conversation about Will’s kids and the truth behind why Willow is no longer starring in the highly anticipated “Annie” remake. Many speculated that Willow may have become too old for the part and simply outgrown the character but Will said the truth is that his daughter wanted to focus on being a normal 12-year old. The well-known actor also said that he had to learn to be in touch with his kids’ dreams and emotional needs versus the dreams that he may have had for them.
During the talk he revealed: “Willow was supposed to be doing ‘Annie,’ we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair’ and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up! I said no,no,no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.’
I’m really learning through Willow the necessity that we have to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love. Someone’s emotional needs can be very very different from your dreams and what you think they should be doing and where they are supposed to be.”