Some people prefer puppies or kittens, but the Smith children are all about their reptilian pets.
While most people are terrified of snakes, it seems that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s children, Willow and Jaden, have taken a special shine to the species and are so close with their many serpent friends that they even like to cuddle them, according to Us Weekly.
“Willow is obsessed with snakes,” the source said. “She has ten sleeping in her room and some aren’t in cages!” The insider also described how Jaden calls the pets his “girlfriends” and “they slither into his bed and curl up with him!”
This isn’t the first creepy thing that’s been in the bed of one of the Smith children of late. The family came under fire in May when a photo of 13-year-old Willow in bed with an older male went viral. The photo, which showed Willow lying down with a shirtless 20-year-old actor named Moises Arias, even reportedly caught the attention of Child Protective Services.
Jada told the story last July of how the family initially welcomed their first snake, a boa constrictor named Beauty, into their home back in 2008. “I’ve always loved snakes but was afraid of them. But Willow wanted this one snake forever,” the actress said in an interview with Redbook magazine. “She’d go in the pet store and pick it up and wrap it around her. I’d never touched a snake before, and I put out my hand, and Beauty (mimics the snake slithering up her arm.) I’ve been in love with her ever since. I said to Willow, ‘You did mommy a big favor. You helped me overcome a fear.'”
The Smith family is not alone in their obsession. Anderson Cooper told the story of his beloved childhood pet snake, Sam, on his talk show a couple of years back. “I was heartbroken when Sam finally died and I was so upset that my dad came up with a plan to encase Sam in Lucite so that I would always have Sam,” Cooper said, holding the Lucite-encased reptile in his hands. “I know, it’s a little creepy. It’s becoming a little Silence of the Lambs,” the journalist joked.