Shaun White Reveals the Critical Advice Actor Will Smith Gave Him During a Dinner Meeting

Published 01/14/2022, 7:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 3: Olympic gold medalist Shaun White competes in the Skateboard Vert Men’s Final during the ESPN X Games on August 3, 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


The pandemic brought a lot of change to people all over the world. Notably, with everyone behind locked doors, social media became a second home for many, with an exceeding rise in internet usage. Although, apart from all the good, it has its own radical effects as well. Recently, Shaun White talked about the impact of social media on his career and how the negativity online affects the mindsets of most.

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Notably, while in conversation, White also revealed he received a piece of golden advice, from Hollywood sensation, Will Smith.

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Shaun White receives expert advice from Smith

The 21st century saw different social media platforms being introduced into the market. Be it Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Twitter, the digital revolution well and truly began. However, it came with its own setbacks as well.

White revealed the advice he received about the same from Will Smith over dinner. The duo talked about the different facets of spending lesser time on social media while embracing oneself regardless of what trolls say. Apparently, getting free expert advice from Smith worked wonders for White.

“Here are the rules: Do what feels right to you. Be real. Be open. And do not read the comments. Never read the comments,” said White.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White of the United States speaks during a press conference at the Main Press Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

White has 1.7 million followers on Instagram. As for his girlfriend, ‘Vampire Diaries’ actress, Nina Dobrev has 24.9 million followers. After getting advice from Smith, he took it in gleefully while responding with a simple, “Okay.” 

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White’s qualification process

On the business end, White is currently looking to qualify for his fifth Winter Olympics. Having already won three gold medals, he could add a fourth, although it is not a simple task. Hence, he will hope to put in an excellent performance at the finals of the World Cup event in Laax, Switzerland. Notably, if his performances are not up to the mark, White can get picked as a ‘coach’s discretionary’ pick.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Shaun White arrives at Oakley’s “Disruptive by Design” launch event held at Red Studios on February 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) 

Chasing history, White has all to play for in the finals over the weekend. With all eyes on him, do you think Shaun will make it to Beijing?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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