In a new interview with GQ, Hollywood scion Jaden Smith discusses growing up in the spotlight, his plans to disappear in 10 years, and also compares himself to Italian astronomer Galileo.
When asked by the publication what he thinks of people who question his mental health, the 17-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith says he embraces the idea.
Jaden has grabbed headlines for his bizarre antics in recent years, and has been seen wearing a dress multiple times this year, including once to a high school prom.
A year ago he said his younger sister, Willow, could “control time,” despite time not being real to her.
“I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please,” Willow said during an interview. “That’s how I know it doesn’t exist.”
Now, the teen says people thinking he’s crazy is “fun, bro.”
“That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. It’s fun. It’s so much fun. It’s the best thing. People think you’re crazy—I feel like it’s an honor, actually, for people to think I’m crazy. Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too, you know what I’m saying?”
On being like the Italian polymath, who died in 1642, Smith adds: “I don’t think I’m as revolutionary as Galileo, but I don’t think I’m not as revolutionary as Galileo.”
Jaden is also building a pyramid in his parents’ backyard, which the teen says he copied to be “ 57.1 degrees that the Giza pyramid is.”
“Half of a pyramid,” he says. “The tip is missing, but the whole structural thing is built, and it sits at 12.5 feet tall. I’ll Instagram a picture of it once this comes out, so people know what I’m talking about. It’s supposed to be 14 feet tall or 16 feet tall, but the tip of the Giza pyramid is actually cut off. There’s no tip. It’s missing. So I was like, ‘I want to have a missing tip on here, too.’
Jaden also announced plans to “disappear” in 10 years, only to pop up from time to time to do art projects, which he reasons will help the world.
“Helping people. But through art installations,” says Jade. “It’ll be like, ‘This just happened that helped a bunch of people over here. We don’t know who did it, but these symbols and things were left around, so we can only guess that it’s Jaden and the squad.’ You know what I’m saying? So I’m just dedicating my whole life to helping the world.
On disappearing, Smith says, “No one will know. No one will know where I’m at. No one will know who I’m with. No one will know what I’m doing.”
Jade has been planning that disappearance since he was “like 13,” he says.
Read the rest of the GQ interview here.