How Will Smith really felt about his daughter Willow’s first tattoo

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been open about their parenting style when it comes to raising their children, Jaden and Willow Smith. Will, who also shares son Trey Smith with Sheree Zampino, spoke during a conversation on Will Smith: An Evening of Stories with Friends about a moment of revelation that made him reconsider his parenting philosophies. Opening up about an incident that happened when Willow was 10, the actor recalled begging the “Whip My Hair” singer to keep touring, despite proclaiming she was “done” (via People).

“Don’t you care that I’m done, daddy?” Will remembered Willow’s words after a performance. The King Richard star went on to reveal that Willow came down to breakfast one morning after the incident with her head shaved. “I look and say, ‘Got it. i got it baby I’m sorry. I apologize. You can stop,’” he said. “As strange as it sounds, that’s when I discovered feelings.” Will went on to explain that while he felt his feelings “didn’t matter in his childhood,” he wanted to be sure that didn’t matter for his kids.

While Will seems to have a much more relaxed parenting style now, he’s still a father, of course — which is why Willow was nervous about revealing to her dad that she got her first tattoo.

Will Smith supported his daughter’s decision

Willow Smith opened up about the moment she showed her father, Will Smith, her first tattoo, and his reaction might come as a surprise to some. “He was actually the one I was most nervous about,” she recalled. “I showed my mom the art for my half-sleeve three weeks before I got it. But I didn’t tell my dad,” Willow recalled during an episode of Red Table Talk.

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The “Meet Me At Our Spot” singer went on to jokingly suggest Will would have been shocked by the massive artwork, but then revealed he was surprisingly supportive. Willow explained that her father called a few days after she got the ink and said he “heard” about the tattoo, but wasn’t upset. “I showed him and he said, ‘Everything is divinely right. Your way is your way and I just love you,'” Willow added.

Willow now sports several tattoos – including an image of the Hindu goddess Saraswati and three lotus flowers that she got with her mother and grandmother (as seen on “Red Table Talk”).

Will Smith is proud of his relationship with Willow Smith

Will Smith makes no secret of his love for his daughter Willow Smith. The Oscar winner opened up about his relationship with Willow during a takeover of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk. During a conversation with psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula explained to Will that the strongest bond he has with a woman is the one he shares with his daughter. “Willow is the only female relationship I’ve ever had that I haven’t screwed up,” Will said. “I’m sure there are aspects from Willow’s point of view that she would say, ‘No, you messed up some things, Dad.’ But I think she was right.”

Willow has also shown unwavering support for her father. Amid Will’s controversy at the 2022 Academy Awards, Willow told Billboard in August, “I see my entire family as human and I love and accept them for all their humanity.” She added, “Because of the position that we’re in where we are, our humanity is sometimes not accepted, and we are expected to behave in ways that are not conducive to healthy human living and not conducive to being honest.”

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Will has since apologized for the incident in which he stormed onto the stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock in the face. And although Will was tarred and feathered by the public for the incident, he still has the full support of his family.