In a recent interview with Esquire Magazine,
top Hollywood act, Will Smith revealed his youngest son, Jaden Smith,
has just one pair of shoes. Why? Because Jaden simply refuses to be a
“slave to money,” and doesn’t want to feel like he needs anything
material that badly.
You never lose the mentality. It’s such a strange
thing. Jaden, my sixteen-year-old, he has one pair of shoes. He has
three pair of pants and he has five shirts. Total.
He has refused to be a slave to money. I so respect
that. The younger generation is less of an ownership generation, anyway.
And it’s such an interesting thing to watch, because I came from a middle-class background, but, you know, our lights and gas would be cut off from not paying the bill.
I grew up in a house where you would need the kerosene
heaters in the winter in case the bills didn’t get paid. And he’s from
the complete other end of the spectrum. And it’s so interesting to me
that from growing up in that space, he could see the need for things in a
way that he’s rejecting.
He’s like, “I’m not gonna let myself need things in that way” — but I would like him to get another pair of shoes.”