Will Smith explains the relationship with his eldest son.
The Wild Wild West star had Trey, now 26, with his first wife Sheree Zampino. He admitted the impact of his second marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith and the birth of their two children, Jaden, 20, and 18-year-old Willow, had an “impact” on his firstborn that has taken until the last two years to “address.”
On the latest episode of Will’s “Bucket List” Facebook Watch show, the actor and Trey visit Abu Dhabi for a Formula 1-style race and the 50-year-old star said: “This relationship with Trey is brand new.
“When you get divorced and then start another family, that had effects on Trey that we’re still healing and overcoming. Really in the last two years has there been enough wisdom and emotional development to be able to lovingly address the issues. We’re diving into creating a divine, loving friendship.”
The Men In Black star admitted he “failed” at spending quality time with Trey when he was younger, but he’s determined to make up for his mistakes with his son in the future.
He is quoted by USA Today newspaper as saying, “You cannot get around spending time if you want to build love. It’s something I failed at for most of Trey’s life, but I’m going to dedicate the rest of my life to making up for it.”
Will previously admitted Trey had felt “betrayed and abandoned” after his divorce from Sheree.
Alongside a video of he and his son, Will wrote on Instagram: “It has not always been like this between Trey & I. We STRUGGLED FOR YEARS after my Divorce from his Mother. He felt betrayed & abandoned. It is a Wild Blessing to recover & restore a Loving Relationship with My Beautiful Son! @treysmith0011 (sic)”