As one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, the success of Will Smith’s career has helped him enjoy some of the finest things in life. Some of the things he has achieved through his success include a spectacular house in Calabasas, California, as well as many other investments. Meanwhile, his Calabasas mansion is where Will Smith raised his now-famous kids, Jaden and Willow.
Through his top-notch entertainment skills, Will Smith has enjoyed success both in TV, Film, and Music. Today, he is regarded as one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood, with his net worth estimated at $350 million. Here is an inside look at the life Will Smith’s admirable wealth has enabled him to live. Also, explore the family life of the Grammy winner.
Everything You Need to Know About Will Smith’s Family
On the surface, along with his wealth and career, Will Smith is also quite the blessed family man. Despite the failure of his first marriage to Sheree Zampino, he has been very successful with his second attempt with Jada Pinkett Smith. The two of them have been married since 1997. They share two children – Jaden and Willow, and he has a third child, Willard from his first marriage.
Except for Willard, every member of the Smith family is in show business, in one capacity or the other. Will and Jada are actors, Jaden is an actor/musician and Willow is a musician/television personality.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Have An Unusual Marriage
Even though Willow and Jada have been together for a long time, it hasn’t been without its own set of controversies. The two of them have at one time or the other, been accused of cheating on each other.
However, the lack of major conflict from the rumors led to speculation that the couple is in an open marriage. While they have not expressly confirmed it, the couple’s interpretation of their ‘marriage’ from various interviews, such as this, or this, points in that direction.
Interesting Facts About Will Smith’s Kids
Despite all his attempts to avoid experiencing the marriage woos his parents passed through, Will Smith couldn’t avert such an unwanted situation. He had tied the knot with his first wife Sheree Zampino while they were in their 20s. Unfortunately, the young couple couldn’t sustain their marriage as it fell apart shortly after the birth of their son, Trey Smith.
Following the divorce, the entertainer got into a relationship with actress Jada Pinkett and married her in 1997. The union has since produced two children; a son named Jaden and a daughter named Willow.
Will Smith’s oldest kid was born Willard Carrol Smith III on November 11th, 1992 in Los Angeles, California. Asides from his half-siblings; Jaden and Willow, Trey has another half-sibling; a sister named Jodie Fletcher from his mother’s second marriage to retired professional football player Terrel Fletcher.
Trey is an alumnus of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California. While there, he played American football and was regarded as a prospect. His brilliant performances on the pitch landed him a football scholarship to attend Northern Arizona University. He, however, opted not to pursue those interests as he was passionate about making music.
Will Smith’s kid abandoned football and started working as a disc jockey, performing under the alias, AcE. He has further released some Extended Plays over the years, including Collection (2010) and Cocoa (2012). Additionally, Trey Smith has dabbled as an actor, making appearances in projects like All of Us and The Speech.
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith is the first kid Will Smith had with Jada Pinkett. He was born in Malibu, California on July 8th, 1998. Just like his father, Jaden is an actor, rapper, and songwriter. He was mostly homeschooled by his parents but prior to that, he had a brief stint at New Village Leadership Academy.
Jaden proved that acting runs in the family’s genes through his extraordinary depictions in movies such as The Karate Kid, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Pursuit of Happiness. As a result of his performances in these movies and others not mentioned, he has received multiple awards, including Teen Choice, Saturn, and BET Awards.
Jaden Smith is additionally making waves as a musician seeing that most of his songs have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the US Billboard 200. Having cited Kid Cudi as his major musical influence, he has released two studio albums titled Syre (2017) and Erys (2019). He has also dropped many singles such as ‘Falcon’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Batman’, and ‘Watch Me’.
As a model, Will Smith’s kid made headlines for being the first male model to model women’s wear for Louis Vuitton. He equally raised eyebrows in 2017 when he referred to rapper Tyler the Creator as his boyfriend; an occurrence which repeated itself in January 2020 when he congratulated the music star for his first Grammy Award win. Even though many people are curious to know his sexuality, Jaden has stated that he doesn’t like labels, and strongly believes in sexual fluidity.
Willow Camille Reign Smith is the youngest child and only daughter of Will and Jada who was born in Los Angeles, California on October 31st, 2000. She is a singer who is widely known for her 2010 hit single, ‘Whip My Hair’ which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Currently signed to Roc Nation, Willow has released three studio albums; Ardipithecus (2015), The 1st (2017), and Willow (2019). She has also followed in the footsteps of her parents by gathering some acting credits to her name. Some of the projects she has appeared in include I Am Legend, Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl, True Jackson VP, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Neo Yokio, Adventure Time and Merry Madagascar.
As a result of her work as a singer and actress, Willow has claimed multiple awards such as The Young Artist Award, VituaMagazine Award, NAACP Image Award, O Music Award, and BET Award among others. Furthermore, she is a brand ambassador of Channel and has appeared on the cover of widely read magazines like Teen Vogue.
Will Smith Has Children From Both His Wife Jada Pinkett and Ex-wife Sheree Zampino
Prior to tying the knot with his first wife Sheree Zampino, the Bad Boys actor was said to have dated beauteous ladies like model Tyra Banks and actress Marcelle Beauvais who both appeared in his TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Will Smith later dated and married actress Sheree Zampino, whom he is said to have met on a movie set. They solemnized their union on May 9th, 1992, after one year of dating. Eight months later, the young couple who married in their early 20s, expanded their family with the arrival of a son Trey Smith. They, however, later divorced in December 1995 after three years of marriage.
Since divorcing, Will and Sheree have enjoyed great friendship as they co-parented their child. Like her ex-husband, although not as successful, Sheree has continued her career in Hollywood. She is most popular for featuring on VH1’s Hollywood Exes. She further serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a skincare company called Sheree Elizabeth LLL. She additionally owns an online boutique called Sheree Elizabeth which sells jewelry, shoes, clothing, and bags.
After it had all ended between Will and Sheree in 1995, he began dating actress Jada Pinkett who is best known for her roles in The Nutty Professor, The Matrix Reloaded, the Madagascar film series, and Girls Trip. The two went on to exchange vows on the 31st of December 1997 in a private ceremony held at the magnificent medieval-style castle, The Cloisters.
Despite being married for more than twenty years, Will and Jada have explained that they are far from having a perfect marriage like people often think. In order for them to stop feeling the pressure and expectations that come with the label “married”, both have stopped seeing themselves as husband and wife. Instead, they prefer the phrase, life partner.
Sometime in 2013, it was rumored that the couple was going to get a divorce. Though the rumor appeared to be false, the pair actually had a low point in their marriage during that period. Opening up about their marital struggles on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Web TV series called Red Table Talk in 2018, the cute couple revealed that they actually broke up within their marriage for years, as everything seemed to have fallen apart in the union.
They went on to work on themselves, with Will Smith soaking himself in books written on marriage, relationships, and behavioral psychology. He read up to fifty of them, while Jada went on a journey to seek true happiness and also to discover her real self. Afterward, the couple rebuilt their relationship, as they made away with deal-breakers and now focus on supporting each other in their individual journey.
Who Are Will Smith’s Parents; Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. and Caroline Bright?
Will Smith’s parents are Willard Carroll Smith Sr. and Caroline (nee Bright). His father previously served in the US Air Force before becoming a Refrigeration Engineer. His mother, on the other hand, worked as an administrator at the Philadelphia School Board.
At the age of thirteen, Will Smith’s parents got separated over domestic violence issues. They eventually dissolved their marriage in the year 2000, however, they have remained close and been an integral part of their son’s life. In addition to Will, his parents have three other children; daughters Pamela and Ellen and son Harry.
Exploring Will Smith’s House Where His Family Lives
Having built such an amazing career, with a net worth of $350 million to go with, Will Smith has come very far from the financial strains that drove him into acting. Will and the Smith clan live in one of the most beautiful homes in California, one that made the pages of the highly exclusive, Architectural Digest.
The house itself is located in a confined area in Santa Monica mountain range, above Malibu, near Calabasas, California. A popular Californian neighborhood that is home to plenty of celebrities such as Drake, The Kardashians, and Katie Holmes. The 25,000 square foot mansion lies on 150 acres of land and was built for over seven years. The mansion features an adobe-styled interior, with each room connected in a fluid design.
Will Smith’s 25,000 square foot mansion is worth $42 million and was designed by Stephen Samuelson with architect Harry Perez-Daple. It was built from scratch just for the Smith clan and is one of the cornerstones of the Smith family’s $100 million real estate empire, which includes properties in Hawaii, Utah, Malibu, and other parts of the world.
Features and Amenities of His Calabasas Mansion
Will Smith’s Calabasas mansion has nine bedrooms. It also has a pool room, a meditation lounge, home theatre and a recording studio, which comes in handy for Will and his son, Jaden, who is also a musician. The studio is famously known as the place where his daughter, Willow, recorded her hit track, Whip My Hair.
Other features of Will Smith’s wondrous house include a lake, an outdoor pool, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. The house also features a majestic entrance, one made out of a carved wooden door that was imported and restored from a fort in Northern India.
The Smith family must have a thing for living rooms because they have at least three. Each room has at least three different types of seats. The room with the lovely set of ’60s Brazilian rosewood chairs, and the floor is graced by a beige silk area rug is a favorite.
Every house has a kitchen, but very few can match the splendor in Will Smith’s Calabasas residence. The kitchen is made out of oak panels and has a huge island unit at its center for large cooking, all in an open plan layout space. Need we say more, every Hollywood house has one and they get more creative by the day.
The Smith’s enjoy a free form pool that blends with the earthy, natural aesthetics of the house. Although the nature of his work means Will Smith doesn’t spend plenty of time at his house, he and his wife have crafted a place that he will always be happy to return to. All thanks to the success of his career, a tailored exterior, and an even more spot-on interior by the interior designer, Judith Lance.
Will Smith Has Also Made Other Luxury Acquisitions
Aside from his house, Will Smith is also the owner of a few other expensive comforts. He owns a custom RV named The Heat. He reportedly bought it for $2.5 million and the RV consists of luxuries such as 14 TV screens, 360-degree video surveillance and a $25,000 bathroom.
Smith and his wife have also not hesitated to splash the cash on their children. Jaden and Willow are both owners of a Tesla Model X and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. As for the parents, they are a little more lowkey with their car acquisitions. Will is, however, believed to have an extensive car collection that includes a Maybach, Escalator, Navigator, Bentley, and Mustang. Surprisingly, while you would expect the family to own a private jet or a yacht, they don’t. They have, however, been known to spend ludicrous amounts to charter them whenever they need them.
Is Will Smith A Scientologist?
Outside of their redefinition of marriage, Will Smith and his family have also been linked with the controversial religion, Scientology. The religion comprises a few Hollywood elites, such as Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Moss, and John Travolta.
However, the truth, according to Will Smith, is that he is not a member of the religion. He does, however, have some nice things to say about it, such as ‘I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious‘. As a fact, Will Smith and his family are non-religious.
A Quick Look at Will Smith’s Remarkable Career
Will Smith once turned down a scholarship to the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue a rap career, a decision that many would boldly call insane. But for Will, it was about his passion and his conviction to see his dreams come through. That is why, despite taking a massive risk, it turned out incredibly well for him.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air began his rap career as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Just before he graduated high school, he had his first hit track, Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble. The success of the track led to more success, including releasing an album, Rock the House, and winning the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turned out to be a massive hit for NBC and Will, and it became the launching pad for his long and fulfilling career. However, despite his success as a rapper, Will wanted a career in acting. So in 1990, he began his career as an actor, both in fulfillment of his dream, as well as a means to escape the mighty hands of the IRS, whom he owed $2.8 million.
So far, Will Smith has appeared in more than 70 movies, produced more than 30 plus movies and TV shows, as well as write, direct, and compose many projects. His movies have made more than $6.3 billion at the global box office, making him one of the most bankable actors of all time.
Highlights of His Most Notable Film Credits
While the roles Will Smith turned down, like the Neo in The Matrix, are some of the most popular content on the internet, he is just as iconic for several roles. Mike Lowrey in the Bad Boys franchise, Agent J in Men in Black, Robert Neville in I Am Legend, Capt. Steven Hiller in Independence Day. Others include Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, and most notably, playing himself in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
He Has Won Many Awards
In his more than three decades in the entertainment industry, Will Smith has received more than 130 award nominations, winning over half of them. Some of his award recognitions include two Oscar nominations for Best Actor in The Pursuit of Happyness and Ali. Other noteworthy award nominations and wins include the Golden Globes, Saturn Awards, BET Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, and several more.
Will Smith also has a few awards from his music career, including seven nominations and four wins from the Grammy Awards. Although he is yet to have his name in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he is a shoo-in for a place in America’s ultimate entertainment club.