Jaden Smith decided to create a legacy without using the legendary family name of his parents. A year ago, Jaden Smith switched to Jaden relating to his music career. Many may have not taken notice to the change, but he has made it public on his reason for it in an interview with Apple Music and Zane Lowe.

“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.”

Will and Jada Smith have stated in the past that they support the decisions of their children. There has been no statement from the parents about this change, but it makes sense for branding for Jaden Smith’s other ventures as well in movies, clothing line, water business, and more.