Will Smith / Facebook 1 / 9
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Will Smith sure knows how to embarrass his son! The superstar actor took to the Internet on July 8 to post a happy birthday message to his 17-year-old son Jaden Smith.

It was every bit embarrassing as it was hilarious.

On his Facebook page, the "Independence Day" star teased his son by posting a photo of a young smiling Jaden sitting in a birdcage. "Jaden is 17 years old today. I'm just glad he stopped eating paste!," Will captioned the photo.

Jaden's mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, took a more traditional and loving approach to her son.

"Today you are 17. It was on this day a tremendous gift was delivered to me. A baby boy, whose existence reflected back to me all the passion, curiosity, love and beauty that only a child could collect from the deepest recesses of his mother's secret heart and breath it into the world. You have made the beauty I could only feel within myself... absolutely tangible. You were not only born from my body... but born from my soul," she wrote.

She continued, "You are a light of my heart and a light from my deepest wishes. I am so grateful for you…"

The Smith family has always been fiercely close, and Jaden's parents have long had his back despite his sometimes odd behavior (like the time he wore a dress to prom, or the other time he dressed as Batman to go to prom.) Will recently praised both and his sister Willow in Esquire, raving about their work ethic.

"[Jaden] has refused to be a slave to money. I so respect that," he said. "They're really well-adjusted around this business and understanding the nature of having to take a battering. And Jaden understands that that's a part of this business. If he wants to do it, there's a certain amount of battery that you have to be willing to live through."

… And a certain amount of paste to eat, too.