‘Twelve and Naïve(?)’ Will Smith Once Revealed Why His Then Preteen Daughter Would Rather Be At Home Than Hang Out With Beyoncé

Published 02/25/2023, 9:30 PM EST

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Will Smith and his entire family fascinate the world in ways more than one. Not only because they always stick together through all the thicks and thins of life but also because they are a bunch of artists sharing their life under one lineage. It is perhaps their inherent ability to listen to the heart and make money out of their passion that sets them apart. While both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are prominent actors in the industry, their children have grown up to be much-celebrated hip-hop singers.

Talking about Willow Smith, she has already entered the league of Billboard Hot 100 at the young age of 22. Ever since her debut, Smith has gathered considerable accolades under her name and produced 5 albums until now. She would now collaborate with the likes of Billie Eilish and Camila Cabello, but there was once a time she would rather stay at home than spend time with the Emmy-winning artist, Beyoncé.

Will Smith revealed why Willow was not keen on hanging out with Beyoncé in 2013


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In 2013, Willow Smith made headlines when she dropped out of the Annie remake. During a promotional event at Philadelphia’s Temple University the same year, Will Smith shared the reason behind his daughter’s refusal to team up with Jay-Z. He revealed that Willow was tired after the tour with ‘Whip My Hair’. Hence, she chose to rest over hanging out with Beyoncé


After her initial refusal, when papa Smith tried to explain that Beyoncé will be there and she will be ‘dancing and singing’ with her friends, Willow Smith, per HipHopWired, answered pretty straightforwardly: “Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12?” Now whether to call her ‘twelve and naive’ or call it a bold decision to spend her preteen life stress-free depends totally on you.


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The well-needed rest and almost a decade later, Willow Smith is thriving in her career, during the span of which she released 5 albums. She even released new music recently.

Willow Smith’s latest album was a tribute to the “beautiful lineage” of women in rock music

The ‘Natives of The Windy Forest’ singer revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that her latest studio album, Coping Mechanism, is a tribute to every single woman of color, who has ever picked up a musical instrument and changed history with her rhythms. The world has silenced (women of color) “for a long time and that’s ending,” she told the interviewer.


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Prithvi Shah is a writer at Netflix Junkie. Currently pursuing her Bachelor's in English Literature at St Xavier's University, Prithvi, who is a brown belt in Karate, adores Cobra Kai; her other favourite shows include The Witcher, Emily in Paris and Gilmore Girls. Home Alone and Harry Potter have been her go to movies since childhood.