Will Smith says cheating girlfriend inspired him to be famous

Will Smith Says His Cheating Ex-Girlfriend Drove Him to Become a Star
Will Smith Says His Cheating Ex-Girlfriend Drove Him to Become a Star

By Variety

Will Smith has a long list of people to thank for his Hollywood fame and fortune, but the person who truly inspired him to succeed may surprise you.

"When I was 15, my girlfriend cheated on me," he said. "And from that moment, in this bizarre psychological twist, I wanted to be the most famous entertainer on Earth."

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Watch the candid snippet above from Variety's "Actors on Actors" conversation between Smith and Benicio del Toro.

The full "Actors on Actors" special airs Dec. 27 on PBS SoCal.