By Ann Oldenburg
There had been a lot of buzz about Willow Smith taking the lead role in Annie, a film project to be produced by her dad, Will Smith.
Until last week, that is, when it was reported that she had dropped out of the show.
During a promotional appearance at Temple University this week, Smith explained what happened.
"In the past 18 months, I have spent a lot of time focusing on the emotional aspect of my life and my family," he said, reports HipHopWired.com. "In 2010, in one year, our family had the Karate Kid. We had Whip My Hair. We had Hawthorne. And at the end of the year, we did the Nobel Concert when Barack Obama won his Nobel Peace Prize."
He went on to say that schedule has just become too hectic. "The thing that had become very clear to me is the danger of a material world, and focusing so hard on coming up with money or a house or a job. You focus so hard on those things, and sometimes you can lose focus on why you are doing it in the first place. The only reason to do any of that is to have love."
But while Deadline.com says Willow, now 12, had gotten too old for the part, her dad says the reason she dropped out was because she knew she needed some time off.
"Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with Whip My Hair and she said, 'You know Daddy, I don't think so' and I said, 'Baby, hold up! I said no,no,no, listen, you'll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,' and she looked at me and said, 'Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.'"