They say that kids grow up too fast these days – and apparently Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, is no exception.
The young actress and singer has come under fire this week for her new music video for “Summer Fling,” in which the 12-year-old is seen holding hands, hugging, cuddling and flirting with a seemingly much older boy.
Sample lyrics include: “You tell me that I m the one/I tell you it’s just for fun,” and “don’t really care what we do tonight/good night kiss ’til the mood is right/laying by the beach with you/wishing it would never end.”
The controversial video, which has almost a million views on Youtube, has some parents worried that it’s too mature for Willow’s age and some find fault with the chorus where Willow sings about having a fling. “It’s just a couple months, but we do it anyway.”
Still, others think the video – which also features Willow and other kids her age jumping on a trampoline, using water guns on each other, and playing on swings – is all in good fun.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have yet to comment on the controversy, but in an interview with PEOPLE last October, Jada explained that she thinks it’s important to instill in Willow the power for individuality.
“I think that old school style of, ‘I’m your parent and I’m greater than you’ doesn’t work,” she said. “What I establish with my children is a partnership. I’m not necessarily dictating what is happening in their lives.”
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