Jaden Smith Talks About Dropping His Surname
Amid all the controversies, you might have missed the fact that Jaden has removed his last name and now goes by just Jaden. Jaden Smith had dropped his surname Smith in 2019 but he never revealed the reason behind that decision. However, he finally came forward to explain why he went ahead with it. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Jaden had a candid talk where he revealed of the time he went ahead with just Jaden.
Willow Smith Is The Inspiration Behind Jaden Dropping His Surname
During the chat, Jaden revealed that the inspiration behind him dropping his name was his sister Willow. He thought it was very bold of Willow to drop her surname and make an identity for herself with just Willow. Jaden said, “I realized that Willow changed her name to Willow at some point in time,” he said. “And that she was no longer Willow Smith. It took me a while. Because if you look Willow Smith up, it’ll still come up. But then it took me a while to see that it was just Willow. And I was like, ‘Yo. That’s so strong.’ You feel like you don’t have to say your last name. You’re just Willow.”
Name A Way To Differentiate Career, Says Jaden
According to Jaden, his surname is a way to keep his music and acting career separate. When he uses Jaden, it is for all his musical releases. While Jaden Smith is used for his acting career. Talking about the same, Jaden said, “I create different characters for myself … and it’s like Jaden, that’s music,” he said. “And Jaden Smith, that’s 501(c)(3), that’s acting in movies. I wanted to just make that little distinction there, just a little bit so I could just [say] different things are happening.”
Jaden Smith Trying Multiple Things
Jaden Smith is doing a lot of work during the lockdown. He released a new single which became an instant hit. He collaborated with New Balance for his vegan shoes. Last but not the least, he has come up with a new collection for his clothing brand.