Tyler Cole is an American actor, writer, filmmaker, singer, songwriter and musician who came into limelight for his relationship with Willow Smith, the teenage daughter of Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. He has released two albums so far, 'Stranger' and 'We're in Love & the World Is Ending'. He has co-produced and featured on Willow Smith's third album 'WILLOW', which released on July 19, 2019. He has also acted in the film 'Between the Miles' and in the Netflix comedy series 'Family Reunion', and premiered his documentary titled 'The Father Complex'. He is close to Willow's brother Jaden as well, and is a member of MSFTS republic, or MSFTSrep, a mysterious art collective that Jaden had founded. He also featured on the cover of one of the books of photography on sale on the website of the collective. He opened for Jaden on his Vision tour in 2018.
Rise to Stardom
Tyler Cole initially gained recognition as he released his first album 'Stranger' in May 2016. The follow-up second album, 'We're in Love & the World Is Ending', was released on October 13, 2017, and contained the single 'Sidney Poitier', named after the legendary actor. However, it is his relationship with Willow Smith which has drawn the attention of the media and tabloids. They have been working together professionally for a long time and co-produced the single 'Afraid', which was released on November 1, 2015 and featured vocals by both of them. She later featured on his songs 'Pray For Me' and 'Sorrow' from his debut album.
In March 2017, both Tyler and Willow co-wrote and featured on the song 'Fools' by JABS. The couple, who reportedly first met through her older brother Jaden, was first romantically linked in April 2018 when they were seen on a movie date together in Calabasas. Six months later, he openly declared his love for her on Instagram in a post thanking her for her support, in which he referred to her as his 'queen' and 'best friend'.
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Tyler Cole told 'LVL3' during his 2018 interview that he became interested in acting as he watched his own mother pursue her dream of becoming an actress when he was still very young. In 2015, he had a starring role in 'Between the Miles', a film about homeless teenagers. In 2019 he began appearing in the recurring role of Royale in the Netflix comedy series 'Family Reunion'. He is the director of the documentary 'The Father Complex', in which he also stars as himself. He shared a post on his Instagram profile on April 17, 2019, revealing that he joined 'Screen Actors Guild' that day.
Family & Personal Life
Tyler Cole was born on July 7, 1998 in Traverse City, Michigan, United States, where he spent his childhood years. He is biracial; his mother is white, while his father is black. Talking to 'Galore' magazine, he once revealed that his mixed origin had a significant impact on his psyche. He was raised by a single mother who had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. At a very young age, he moved to Los Angeles with his mother so that she could pursue a career in acting. He grew up playing the guitar and often played at shows in Los Angeles with his friends. However, he feels that his biracial origin often prejudices people about the music he makes. He told 'Alt Philanthropy' in an interview that people sometimes criticize his eclectic tastes and raps because of the color of his skin, making it harder for him "to be alternative, or to do things that are out of the norm".
Tyler Cole's high-profile affair with Willow Smith has garnered media attention not only because she is part of Hollywood royalty. Interestingly, back in June 2019, Willow had opened up about her sexual preferences during a candid chat with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and Jada’s mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones on their 'Red Table Talk' on Facebook. She had revealed that she was attracted to both males and females, and was open to a polyamorous throuple relationship with "two people of the different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection". In July that year, Tyler joined the Smiths on their yacht vacation in Sardinia, Italy. The same month, her eponymous third album 'WILLOW' was released, which was co-produced by him and featured him on tracks such as 'Time Machine', 'U KNOW', 'Female Energy, Part 2' and 'Overthinking IT'. In October 2019, they were photographed locking lips following a sushi date in Malibu, California.