In A Tearful Tribute To His Oldest Son, Will Smith Opened Up About His True Feelings

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Will Smith’s relationship with his oldest son, Trey, hasn’t always been an easy one. After all, Smith and Trey’s mom, Sheree Fletcher, divorced in 1995, which may well have put some strain on the father-son bond. But in 2018 the actor took to Instagram to reveal his true feelings toward his eldest offspring.

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Smith – born Willard Carroll Smith II in 1968 – married actress Fletcher in November 1992. The couple welcomed their first and only child together that same year: a boy named Willard Carroll Smith III, who would later go by the moniker Trey. But Trey’s birth name seemingly wasn’t the only thing that he shared with his dad; their interests overlapped a great deal, too.

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Trey first stepped into the spotlight due to his athletic abilities. He was such a good football player in high school, in fact, that he earned a scholarship to play the sport at collegiate level. However, he ultimately turned down said offer and instead decided to chase a passion that he shared with his dad: music.

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