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Will Smith finds it difficult to "emotionally manage" his children.

The 'Men In Black 3' star has two kids, Jaden, 13, and 11-year-old Willow, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and he admits he and his spouse are constantly in dialogue about what is best for his kids.

He said: "Willow had a huge record called 'Whip My Hair' and then she just cuts all her hair off and I have to, 'Ah, your mother says I am OK with that sweetie.'

"Y'know the most difficult part of the whole thing is emotional management. Jada and I have been talking a lot about whether you pull back during the teenage years because they are very formative years for Willow."

Willow recently showed an interest in ballet and was determined to take up the classical performance dance.

But the 43-year-old actor - who also has a son, Trey, with his first wife Sheree Zampino - managed to convince his daughter she should concentrate on her already successful music career.

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "She's been supporting Justin Bieber on tour, saw a Russian ballerina and was riveted.

"She was like, 'I wanna go home and take ballet.' No honey, you've got to settle more tour dates. So now she is way gone on ballet.

"The difficulty is having to let the business side of it go and allow them to develop in the way that is most natural."


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