Actor Will Smith’s son and singer, Jaden, decides not to use his family name when he started his professional music career.
Jaden spoke to Zane Lowe’s Apple Music and told how he decided to drop his father’s last name and explained his decision to make the change.
Here’s what Jaden stated:
“I realized that Willow changed her name to Willow at some point in time. And that she was no longer Willow Smith. Yeah, it took me a while. It took me a while. Because if you look Willow Smith up, it’ll still come up. But then it took me a while to see that it was just Willow. And I was like, ‘Yo. That’s so strong.'”
The 22-year-old singer continued:
“That’s strong. Willow. You feel like you don’t have to say your last name. You’re just Willow. I create different characters for myself, and that’s also one of the reasons I love Bowie so much, but I create different characters for myself, and it’s like, Jaden, that’s music and Jaden Smith, that’s 501(c)(3), that’s acting in movies. I wanted to just make that little distinction there, just a little bit, so that I could just. Different things are happening.”
In Jaden’s professional career, it makes sense that he would want to make that differentiation for himself and his fans.
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