Actor Will Smith was asked how as a dad he handled jokes aimed at his middle child, Jaden, whose gender-fluid style has made headlines around the world. His answer, as Gay Star News reported, was one every parent should hear, understand and appreciate.
“There’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage,” Smith told BBC Radio 1Xtra host A.Dot.
At first, Smith joked about encouraging his children’s freedom of expression: “Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake. We may have gone too far.” He and A.Dot laughed, then Smith got serious.
“Jaden is 100 percent fearless. He will do anything, you know? So as a parent, it’s scary. It’s really terrifying. But he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”
Jaden is 17 and Smith’s youngest son. The teen was unveiled as the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear last month.
In April 2015, he posted a picture of him wearing a dress on Instagram that was captioned “"Went to TopShop to Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean 'Clothes.'"
Watch the interview from BBC Radio 1Xtra below, and scroll forward to 3:07.