Willow Smith, 13, was photographed laying in bed with Moises Arias, 20, while at Coachella and it was extremely shocking and strange. HollywoodLife.com spoke to multiple experts who all say that Will and Jada need to stop being ‘cool parents,’ and step in!
On May 6, a new photo emerged showing Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith laying in bed with a shirtless Moises Arias — who is seven years older than her. While we know they are friends with Willow’s brother Jaden, the 13-year-old singer should still be under adult supervision, multiple relationship experts told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Willow Smith’s Parents Need To Step In NOW
“Just because she’s mature for her age or can express choices of a much older kid, it doesn’t mean she fully grasps the consequences of those choices,” relationship expert Cooper Lawrence told HollywoodLife.com, adding that Will and Jada are probably making an effort to be “cool parents.”
The photos show Moises, sitting up in bed with no shirt on, while Willow lays down on top of the covers fully dressed.
“Though they are not touching one another which is good, [but] the pictures are suggestive. They are in bed together, not a good message. Willow is only 13 and should be supervised by an adult who is responsible and who is not a play or hanging out mate,” Dr. Jeff Gardere added. “They (her parents) should not freak out on her but have a suggestions and lay out ground rules for appropriate behavior. They should also do some soul searching as to what they can do better as supervising parents.”
Willow & Moises: Just Because Their Friends, Doesn’t Mean It’s Ok
Moises has been close with the Smith family for years — he even directed Jada’s music video in Nov.2014 for her band Wicked Wisdom. However, Willow is still only 13 years old, Dr. David Gottesfeld pointed out, and that “it is a parent’s job to explain and put things in perspective as they happen or before they happen, not after the fact.”
Dr. Gottesfeld feels that Will and Jada need to be proactive in their parenting, and that by posing for the photos at all, Willow is “asking” for them to step in and set limits.
“Friends bond because they have things in common. There’s a big difference in maturity between a 13-year-old and a 20-year-old. While it’s true that girls mature earlier than boys, a gap of 7 years is extraordinary for kids growing up,” Dr. Gilda Carle, “30-Second Therapist” for the Today Show said. “Kids are kids, whether they’re on a farm or in Hollywood — and in this sexualized world, they have urges. They need time to mature, but also parents to give them boundaries. Why allow kids to be in compromising situations as seen in this photo before they can handle making decisions that will impact their life? Time for parental guidance!”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is it time for the parents to step in? Let us know!