Jaden Clarifies Why He No Longer Goes By "Jaden Smith"

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In a new interview with Apple Music and Zane Lowe, Jaden explained his decision to make the name change and drop "Smith".

"I realized that Willow changed her name to Willow at some point in time. And that she was no longer Willow Smith. Yeah, it took me a while. 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,'" says Jaden about his sister.

He continued, "That's strong. Willow. You feel like you don't have to say your last name. You're just Willow. I create different characters for myself and that's also one of the reasons I love Bowie so much, but I create different characters for myself and it's like, Jaden, that's music 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 that I could just ... different things are happening."

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