Willow Smith and Her Boyfriend Tyler Cole Get Real in First Appearance on ‘Red Table Talk’ Together
Willow Smith’s relationship with Tyler Cole is not new, but the youngest Smith is usually pretty private about her relationships. Now, she has decided to let fans see a bit of how she and Cole are together by inviting him on Red Table Talk. While there, the two talked about everything from race to voting.
Willow Smith and Tyler Cole’s relationship
Smith and Cole have been linked to one another since 2018. They collaborated on Smith’s album, Willow, and he was a featured artist on her song “Afraid.”
On a previous episode of Red Table Talk, Smith opened up about her sexual identity and what she looks for in relationships.
“I’m not the kind of person that is constantly looking for new sexual experiences,” she said. “I focus a lot on the emotional connection and I feel like if I were to find two people of the different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection, I don’t feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more.”
Smith also said that monogamy isn’t for her.
“This is the scariest thought that people shy away from,” she continued. “It’s the feeling of feeling like the person that you love is falling in love with somebody else. And that insecurity and fear just eats us alive. But that insecurity and fear is something that we need to overcome and something that we need to evolve out of and transmute that into something new and different that can actually be helpful and make us love more and more freely.”
She and Cole have not revealed whether they are exclusively dating one another.
Tyler Cole on ‘Red Table Talk’
Cole was a guest on the latest episode of Red Table Talk, along with Ice Cube, Van Jones, and NFL player Brandon Marshall.
Cole first opened up about being Black in the music industry.
“I feel like a huge dilemma for us as Black people is that the media and the industry wants to see us in a certain light,” Cole said. “In the music industry, you’re taught that oh if you’re Black and you rap about violence and money that’s going to make you more money. Labels are going to want to sign you if you’re talking about violence more so than….”
Ice Cube agreed, saying that sometimes the positive music gets “pushed to the side.”
“It puts an imprint in other young artists coming up to [think], ‘Oh, this is the way I must need to do it to get on.’ And artists can’t be afraid to show something new,” the rapper said. “It’s really all about having courage to break the molds when you’re an artist and not letting anyone put you in the box, not even for own community.”
Cole also opened up about police brutality and how it’s an ongoing cycle.
“[You] see time and time again that police officers are getting off; when they’re getting charged, they’re not getting convicted for the crimes that they’re committing,” he said. “So, it just keeps perpetuating the same thing. ‘Oh, we’re not going to get in trouble for this so I can murder this man.’”