According to Will Smith, there was a time in 2012 when his family completed stopped taking his leadership.
“One of the major things that happened is that I hit that midlife-crisis point, where I’ve built all of the things I’ve ever dreamed of,” he said in an interview with Haute Living magazine. “And in my family ― 2012 I secretly call the year of the mutiny. And 2012 was really the year that my family rejected the direction of my leadership.”
Smith went on to explain that for all intent and purposes, his family somewhat staged a full revolt against him, beginning with his daughter Willow.
“Willow was really the first person during ‘Whip My Hair’ that decided she didn’t want to do what I said,” Smith said. “Because she was the baby girl, she really had the most power over me. As a man ― if your daughter says no, there’s really nothing you can do.”
The admission came after Willow herself discussed her major revolt against the Smith patriarch when she shaved her head in protest, refusing to continue with the tour for her 2010 hit, “Whip My Hair,” era.
“I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing. It was mostly daddy because he was so harsh at certain times,” Willow said during a forgiveness themed episode of Red Table Talk.
“That was really the first time that I realized that my family wasn’t happy with the direction that I was taking them. I felt like I was winning. We were succeeding. We had ‘Karate Kid’” starring Jaden, he said.
“We had ‘Whip My Hair.’ Jada had ‘Hawthorne,’ and we hosted when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize ― we hosted all of that in one year. I felt we were doing well, and my family wasn’t happy,” he continued. “So, I took two years off.”
The Bright actor told the outlet that his childhood was very strict growing up with a military father. He quickly realized that his way of parenting and partnering, could not operate as one-size fits all.
Smith recently shared that he and his son Trey were able to repair their relationship after a difficult divorce from Trey’s mother Sheree Fletcher.
However difficult the year 2012 was, the Smith’s seem to be on a road to healing through their open dialogue and learned lessons.