Will Smith Claims Nobody In His Family Was Happy After Finding Fame
You look at the life of a celebrity and you think, “They have everything!” and it’s true… they do have a lot of things. After all, money can buy a lot in life. It can even buy you health and security.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t really look like it can buy you MENTAL health.
Will Smith was on the season three finale of Kevin Hart’s Peacock show, Hart to Heart, this past week, and he talked a lot about how his family has been chasing happiness.
Back in 2010, Smith thought he was experiencing his happiest moment as a parent. His son, Jaden, starred in ‘Karate Kid‘ and his daughter Willow released her song, Whip My Hair. The family as a whole had massive success.
I’m building this dream of a family I’ve had in my mind. ‘I’m going to do it better than my father did it.’ We’ve talked about it, my father was abusive. I told myself I would never have that kind of energy with my family and I had a dream, an idea of a family I was building. Pretty much 2010 to 2012 I had achieved everything I had ever dreamed.
But when he actually looked around at his family, he realized no one was happy. They were all secretly miserable.
No one wanted to be in a platoon. Willow was the first one to begin the mutiny and it was my first realization that success and money don’t mean happiness. Up until that point, I really believed that you could succeed your way — to a house and a family — and you could win your way to happiness.
Honestly, if that was Will’s first time realizing success and money doesn’t equal happiness, then he had a pretty good life up until that point, considering he has been famous since the early ’90s.
The 54-year-old ‘King Richard’ actor went on to say that sometimes, all the material sh*t around can make you more unhappy…
Material circumstances do not equal happiness and, in a lot of cases, they can be the reason you’re not happy. You can have so much stuff that it makes you miserable. That was my first pull-back and I was like, ‘OK, what am I missing?’ I was driving the people around me in a way that I was leaving scorched earth around me.