Will Smith writes an autobiography: Will it embrace Scientology, infidelity, failed personal college, donations to the Nation of Islam?

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Will Smith wrote an autobiography (with Mark Manson). “Will” will be released on November 9th by Penguin Press.

Undoubtedly, “Will” encompasses Smith’s Philadelphia childhood, rapper career, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and early film hits with “Bad Boys” and “Independence Day”. All good.

And when you meet Will Smith, he’s relentlessly polite, engaging, and cheerful. All of that should come across in the book.

However, it remains to be seen how open and accommodating Smith will be about real issues. For example, he and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, started their own private school in Calabasas, California, where they placed their own children, Jaden and Willow. The school was run by a Scientologist and taught the curriculum. Will said in interviews at the time that he was open to all groups. That was after he and Jada fell into Tom Cruise mania.

Eventually the school went under and under mysterious circumstances disappeared.

For years, Will and Jada have also run a sketchy 501 (c) 3 charity that has given money to strange groups like the Nation of Islam.

More recently, rumors of the Smiths’ open marriage have been simmering on Jada’s Red Table talk show on Facebook. It was certainly made clear just before the pandemic that each of the spouses had led their own lives and that allegiance was not being kept.

An honest autobiography by Will Smith would be welcome, who knows what “Will” will reveal. But we almost certainly will learn the story of how Will became a rare Hollywood megastar who made himself himself through hard work.

Will and Manson released this video in 2018. Will said of choosing a publisher: “I am very confident that we will go with the … highest bidder!”


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he founded the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, covering the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast) and writing for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the author and co-producer of Only the Strong Survive, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride film festivals directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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