Will Smith tells son Jaden on his 21st birthday how proud he is of him

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Hecate posted a fantastic story last Wednesday about Jaden Smith launching his I Love You Restaurant, a food truck that gives free vegan food to homeless people in Los Angeles. Jaden’s newest endeavor came just days after his 21st birthday on July 5, and the release of his album, ERYS. Proud dad, Will Smith, posted on Instagram about both projects, and made a silly and sweet speech to his son at Jaden’s 21st birthday party:

The Smith family recently gathered in Malibu, California, for Jaden’s birthday for a celebration during which they shared birthday toasts of tequila shots, with sister Willow and half-brother Trey Smith as well as mom Jada Pinkett-Smith, and a birthday cake as the patriarch imparted some wise words for his youngest son.

“I’ll tell you something my father told me on my 21st birthday. Never break two laws at one time. Because you increase your chances exponentially of getting caught for both. So only break one law at a time,” the 50-year-old actor joked.

“I’m really proud of you, just the way that you’ve grown in the past few years is what parents hope for. You take it seriously to contribute to the human family. You just make us proud every single day. So, here’s to your 21st birthday today, and here’s to you being a full grown man.”

[From People]

Will Smith posted a video of party preparations and some of Jaden’s party itself, including his speech, that’s above. The singing begins around 4:50, and is followed by Jaden blowing out the candles on his cake and Will’s speech, which is by turns joke-filled and serious. He ends it by telling Jaden, “But keep doing you; keep doing you, man,” and reiterates that he and Jada are proud of Jaden and love him. Jaden definitely seems to be “contribut[ing] to the human family” with his newest project, as well as his work through JUST Water, a company that responsibly sources and bottles spring water, which Hecate also wrote about in her post. Jaden recently donated one of its portable filtration systems, The Water Box, to Flint, Michigan, to provide residents with clean water. As Hecate and commenters noted, Jaden is using his privilege to take on some great humanitarian work. Good for him. I hope this next year is great for him, personally and professionally.

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  1. Kittycat says:

    I’m so proud of Jaden.

    After years of people criticizing his parents and his appearance, its beautiful to see the man he has become.

  2. Slowsnow says:

    I don’t want to spoil anyone’s party and I find what Jaden is doing absolutely awesome. I also know that we found out the hard way these last years that doing charity does not mean a celebrity is an angel.
    So I praise the action but will not indulge in a love fest because a rich dude is doing what’s right.
    Also I Love You as a name for a charity food thing sounds terribly invasive.

    • xpresson says:

      Terribly Invasive? Love is the most natural and beautiful feeling in the world. It is not reserved to a romantic feeling but a more Universal I care about you. I am sure most homeless people appreciate a little bit of love and human contact. Not many people will tell them they are loved.
      I think the name reflects the sentiment in which is was created perfectly.

      • Slowsnow says:

        This is all very subjective and, I suppose, cultural but it’s how I feel. If one day I’m in dire straights and a kind soul gives me food I sure hope said entity won’t give me the love spiel. I would feel like someone’s sentiment towards humanity rather than a human whose dignity comprises a hot meal and some respect despite being in a time of need. It sounds very new age proselytizing to me.
        But, again, I do find it awesome as a project. It’s hard to be on key for everyone.

      • Kittycat says:

        @SLOWSNOW thanks for spreading negativity.

  3. Nicegirl says:

    My son turns 21 on Thursday. He is a wonderful person. I could go on and on!! I’m so proud of him. I can imagine how the Smith family feels about Jaden. It’s really inspiring and heartwarming for me when I see young people helping others. Well, anyone helping inspires me greatly but truly I’m in awe of some of the ‘youngsters’ these days. I love his idea of the I Love You food truck.

  4. NeoCleo says:

    Will Smith has a lot to be proud of–what a good person his son has grown up to be.

  5. Ana says:

    Seems like Will and Jada did something right despite all of their marriage shenanigans, good for them and congratulations to Jaden!