Jaden Smith wants freedom, not from jail or prison, but from his parents. Jaden has asked to be an emancipated minor.
In an interview with AllHipHop News megastar Will Smith recently revealed in 14-year-old son, Jaden wants to be emancipated from his parents. This was also alleged by radaronline who reported Jaden has asked that he be given legal independence for his 15th birthday so that he can leave the family nest and live in his own private home.
Will related how Jorden told him the news. “He says, ‘Dad, I want to be emancipated.’ I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ‘Ooh,’”
Jaden would be joining a long list of other “child” performers who, upon entering their teen years, have all asked for and received emancipation from their parents.
Actors Drew Barrymore, Corey Feldman and Macaulay Culkin were all granted emancipation form their parents and given the freedom to rule their own lives.
A lot of the cases of teen stars being granted their “freedom” have been the result of heated battles over the star’s earnings and with the legal ramifications of a minor “child” working overly long hours on television or movie sets. Once the actor is granted their emancipation, the rules governing hours on set do not apply.
In Jaden’s case, his request seems to be more about his own personal freedom rather than issues of finance or working overtime. Dad Will hasn’t said if he and Mom Jada Pinkett Smith are going to entertain the idea of Jaden’s wish to branch off from family control. But Will Smith has said that he understands his son’s desire for more control over his life.
Will said, “That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand.”
At age 14, Jaden is already a seasoned professional actor. He began acting at the age of three when he appeard in the first sequel of Men in Black in 2002. He also worked in Will Smith’s motivational film The Pursuit of Happiness in 2006 and The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008 and the remake of the 1984 sleeper hit The Karate Kid with international star and fan favourite Jackie Chan in 2010.
It was The Karate Kid that proved that Jaden had “matured” as an actor when he and Chan both “carried” the film with their respective performances. He then joined dad Will again for the new M. Night Shamalan film After Earth which opens the end of this month on the 31st.
There is no news about any upcoming film projects but Jaden has been doing more than acting. He’s taken a cue from Will and is working in the music industry as well. Jaden released his first rap mixtape, The Cool Cafe last October.
Neither Jaden Smith nor Will Smith have brought up the possibility of whether Jaden feels strongly enough about his emancipation that he could seek legal action if Will or Jada Pinkett Smith don’t voluntarily grant it.
We may see more about this after Jaden celebrates his fifteenth birthday on 8 July this year.
By Michael Smith