Actor Will Smith is mourning the loss of his father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., who died this week due to an unknown cause.
Will has not publicly responded to the heartbreaking news, but the 48-year-old’s ex-wife and mother of his eldest son, Trey, did share her condolences in a sweet Instagram post.
“We’re gonna miss you Daddio!” Sherry Fletcher, who was married to Smith from 1992 to 1995, wrote. “You lived & played by your own rules…you truly were 1 of a kind! You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor! (Pic left to right: Will Smith II; Will Smith III (Trey); Will Smith I (Daddio!) #RIPDaddio#donttellmetheresnothingyoucantdo#WillSMITH1.”
Willard, aka Daddio, a father of four and retired electrician, was known to be an influential part of Will’s life and successful career.
While promoting After Earth, the actor revealed to TV critic Shawn Edwards that he grew up in a family business and went to work with his father. “The only two jobs I’ve ever had was entertainment and the family business,” he said. “We delivered ice; we had an ice business back in Philly growing up and my father was an electrician.”
“At five years old, my father had me working,” he said. “Gotta earn your keep.”
Smith went on to explain that it was the days working with his father that ultimately led to the actor working directly with his son, Jaden.
Specifically for the film After Earth, Will revealed, “We were in China, we were working on Karate Kid … I was watching Jaden with Jackie Chan and they were having a good damn time.”
“I was like, ‘That’s my son, Jackie. I want to have fun with my kid like that.’ So I started thinking of something what I could come up with for he and I to work together again.”
In 2006, Will and Jaden starred alongside each other in The Pursuit of Happyness and in 2002, Jaden appeared in Men in Black II.
Our thoughts are with Smith and his family.
Quincy Jones’ Diarrhea Mouth Intervention: My Family Stepped In … I Learned My Lesson
Quincy Jones made headlines earlier this month for spilling all kinds of hot and juicy tea about Hollywood legends and power players, including Richard Pryor.
During an interview with Vulture, the music mogul suggested that Pryor slept with Marlon Brando. In that same interview, Jones claimed “I used to date Ivanka, you know. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’”
He continued, “I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherf*cker.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
But it didn’t end there. Jones also seemingly fueled old rumors that he and Tevin Campbell once had relations. And in another interview with GQ magazine, Quincy claimed he had 22 girlfriends and that his daughters gave him new age limits to date; specifically, 28-42.
The overwhelming and shocking amount of information unveiled, however, was just TOO much and his family decided to step in.
In a lengthy, and we mean lengthy, statement released by Jones, he admitted to receiving an intervention by his six daughters. “Let me tell you, I’m so grateful for my daughters because they aren’t scared to stand up to their daddy. I am an imperfect human & I’m not afraid to say it. And I’m sorry & I’m not afraid to say it.”
He continued,” When you’ve been fortunate enough to have lived a long & crazy life … certain details about specific events come flooding back all at once, & even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘wordvomit’ & bad-mouthing is inexcusable.”
Jones, who also called the Trump family “rednecks” during one of his many interviews, explained that “one of the hardest things about this situation is that this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty … you name it.”
The music icon concluded with an apology to “anyone whom my words offended” and his “friends who are still her with me & to those who aren’t.”
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