Jaden Smith Jokes About Dating Tyler, The Creator
Jaden Smith, on stage at a California music festival on Sunday, sparked a flurry of headlines and social media reactions by joking about a relationship with rapper Tyler, the Creator.
With Tyler watching from the foot of the stage, Smith told the crowd at Camp Flog Gnaw: “I just wanna say Tyler, the Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f**king much. And I wanna tell you guys something, I wanna tell you, Tyler doesn’t want to say, but Tyler’s may motherf**king boyfriend.”
But, perhaps to bolster their claims that Smith was seriously revealing that he’s dating Tyler, many media outlets chose not to include Smith’s next sentence: “And he’s been my motherf**king boyfriend my entire life.” Some also failed to mention that Smith laughed when he made the remark – and that it came while Smith was filling time while festival organizers relayed instructions from fire officials.
Smith added: “Tyler, the Creator is my f**king boyfriend! It’s true! You take anything away from this f**ing show, that’s what you need to take away.”
Fan-shot video of the moment shows Tyler waving his finger and shaking his head to let the crowd know it’s not true, and then laughing.
In a tweet on Monday that has since been deleted, Smith wrote: “Yup … I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now.”
Tyler replied: “hahaha you a crazy n***a man.”
In a recent piece for Fantastic Man, writer Paul Flynn noted that during their interview Tyler took a call from Smith and signed off with "send d**k pics." Tyler explained: "I always tell people to send d**k-pics when I hang up, because it’s so awkward. Like, what the f**k did you say?"
Both Smith and Tyler have proven to be experts at sparking conversations about their sexuality.
Smith, 20, has played openly with gender stereotypes, particularly with fashion. “I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes,” he told British GQ Style in 2016. “I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms. I feel like people don’t really get it.
“I just see scared people and comfortable people.”
Last month, Smith was linked to rapper Lil Xan. Neither artist commented on the reports.
Tyler, 27, has been far more direct – but it’s not clear if he’s sharing his truth or trolling.
“I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO,” he tweeted in 2015. “AND NO ON CARED HAHAHHAHAHA”
That same year, in a Rolling Stone interview in which he described himself as “gay as f**k,” Tyler is quoted saying: “My friends are so used to me being gay. They don’t even care.”
In July 2017, speculation swirled on social media that Tyler was coming out as gay or bisexual on his new album, Scum F**k Flower Boy.
“Next line will have them like, ‘woah,’” he raps on “I Ain’t Got Time. “I been kissing white boys since 2004.”
On “Garden Shed,” he raps: “Garden shed for the garçons / Them feelings I was guardin’ heavy on my mind / All my friends lost / They couldn't read the signs / I didn't wanna talk and tell 'em my location / And they ain't wanna walk / Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase / Thought it'd be like the Frank; poof, gone / But, it's still goin' on.”
This past April, Tyler name-checked Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet on his track "Okra," on which he raps: “Tell Tim Chalamet to come get at me / Skin glowing, clear of acne.”
Many fans have accused Tyler of claiming to be gay in hopes of downplaying long-standing accusations of homophobia.
On his 2011 debut album Goblin, Tyler used the slur “f****t” more than 200 times. (In 2013, Tyler reportedly told NME he uses the slur “f****t” in his music because it “hits and hurts people. It hits. But I don’t hate gay people.”)
In 2015, Britain denied him entry because his music “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred.”
Australian officials deemed him “a potential threat to public order and the public interest.” In response to being banned Down Under, Tyler released “F**k It” with these lyrics: “How can I be misogynist / Love titties and ass / How can I be homophobic / When my boyfriend’s a f**?”
In the Fantastic Man interview, Tyler was asked why he started to talk about his sexuality. “It’s a literal question and the thing about humans is we hate not having an answer," he said. "We hate not being in the know. So people will bulls**t answers, make s**t up, instead of being just, like... [he shrugs his shoulders]. I don’t know. There are some things that are just unexplainable."
But, he has also admitted to courting controversy.
“I'm very, very self-aware,” Tyler told Rolling Stone. “Sometimes I look at things from out of body and try to see both sides. It's hilarious just to watch reactions. I do it in a way where people don't be too offended, but it's still funny.
“It's just f**king with people; sometimes making people uncomfortable is good … loosen up.”