And he’s incredibly sweet. “Please note that Jaden would like to add a smiley face after his last answer,” reads the email from his publicist, a couple of days after his NYLON shoot at the Hangar. The question was about what he had coming up, and truth be told, I wasn’t planning on including his response, because, well, it wasn’t very illuminating. But the fact that he took the time to make an amendment for fear that it wouldn’t be perceived properly suddenly made it seem essential: “There are a lot of things coming that I’m very excited for that I’m not going to tell you about any of them :),” he wrote. A cryptic hint to a surprise album, perhaps? Apparently I’m not immune to the pull of the rumor mill.
Jaden Smith was born on July 8, 1998, in Los Angeles to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. At age eight, he starred with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness. Then came The Karate Kid and After Earth. He’s also released a few mixtapes. Everyone knows this. And everyone has read far too many analyses of the inherent and complex privileges and perils of being a celebrity spawn. Thankfully, when it comes to Smith, there are far more interesting things to talk about. Like his clothing and lifestyle brand MSFTSrep, a collection of T-shirts featuring eye drawings or Martin Luther artwork and French terry straps, tie-dye socks, and joggers, with which he wants to “inspire and change the way people think about clothing and about life.”
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