Will Smith can't contain his joy as he greets crowds of adoring fans


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His candid memoir that details family drama and his regrets as a father has just hit the shelves.   

And Will Smith looked overjoyed as he greeted crowds of adoring fans outside Harriett's Bookshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on his book tour on Monday.   

The King Richard actor, 53, grinned from ear to ear at the warm welcome as he signed autographs and snapped selfies after detailing his dramatic weight loss in a new YouTube documentary Best Shape of My Life released that day. 

Star: Will Smith looked overjoyed as he greeted crowds of adoring fans outside Harriett's Bookshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on his book tour on Monday 

Biggest he's been! His outing came after Will released the ups and downs of his fitness journey in a new YouTube series called Best Shape of My Life

Will beamed as he fist bumped his committed followers who had waited outside the bookshop for him to arrive. 

The much-loved actor cut an effortlessly cool figure in an all tan outfit as he signed sports jerseys and chatted to the crowd with a large grin on his face. 

He looked sharp in a roll neck and tailored trousers and was almost recognisable from a viral photo he posted in May in 'the worst shape' of his life.  

After he shared the snap, Will set two goals: to lose 20 pounds and finish writing his autobiography in 20 weeks.  

Woo! The actor looked over the moon as he smiled and waved at his admirers  

Shocker: The star looked sharp as he showcased his dramatic weight loss after posting a photo in 'the worst shape' of his life in May

Personal goal: After he shared the snap, Will set two goals: to lose 20 pounds and finish writing his autobiography in 20 weeks

The Pursuit of Happyness star had intentionally gained weight for his role as Venus and Serena Williams' father in the film King Richard.  

On Monday, he released the ups and downs of his fitness journey in his new YouTube series Best Shape of My Life.

The heartfelt show shows intimate real-life scenes as the writer and producer struggles through bad days and laughs through light-hearted moments.

Upbeat: Will was in characteristically high spirits during his latest public appearance

Main man: The actor took some time to greet fans as he promoted self-titled new memoir Will 

Slimmed-down Will looked over the moon to spend time with his fans as he smiled for selfies amongst the swarm of people and flaunted his new toned physique. 

Later, the star stepped out at The Met Philadelphia to discuss his memoir with his long-term friend Queen Latifah, 51. 

The Hairspray star wowed in a bright red satin suit as she chatted to her long-term friend. 

Loving it: Will beamed as he fist bumped his committed followers who had waited outside the bookshop for him to arrive

Here you go! The much-loved actor cut an effortlessly cool figure in an all tan outfit as he signed sports jerseys and chatted to the crowd with a large grin on his face

You're surrounded: Will was mobbed by camera wielding fans outside the Philadelphia venue

Will oozed charisma as he stepped out on stage and threw his arms out to announce his arrival. 

While on stage, he told the live audience of his new book: 'I felt like I have suffered enough and won enough that I could share something that would be helpful. 

'It's really critical to suffer and to overcome adversity. The overcoming of adversity is how we gain wisdom.' 

Dapper: He paired a suede trench coat with a matching roll neck and completed the sharp ensemble with a pair of tailored brown trousers 

Up top: Will made time for everyone as he reached to the back of the crowd to high five his fans that were further back 

Pressing palms: The actor beamed as he greeted his adoring fan base outside Harriett's Bookshop

The star's memoir - Will - recalls how devastated his son Jaden, now 23, was after the critical and commercial failure of their 2013 film After Earth.

In an excerpt shared with People, the actor wrote: 'After Earth was an abysmal box office and critical failure... And what was worse was that Jaden took the hit.'

'Fans and the press were absolutely vicious; they said and printed things about Jaden that I refuse to repeat. 

All about me: The actor was centre of attention as he prepared for the journey back to his hotel on Monday evening 

Hey! Will looked over the moon to spend time with his fans as he smiled for selfies amongst the swarm of people 

In conversation: Later, the star stepped out at The Met Philadelphia to discuss his memoir with his long-term friend Queen Latifah 

'Jaden had faithfully done everything that I'd instructed him to do, and I had coached him into the worst public mauling he'd ever experienced.' 

The Pursuit of Happiness actor was heartbroken when Jaden, who was 15-year-old at the time of After Earth's release, told him he wanted to be emancipated. 

'We never discussed it, but I know he felt betrayed. He felt misled, and he lost his trust in my leadership," Smith said. 'At fifteen years old, when Jaden asked about being an emancipated minor, my heart shattered. He ultimately decided against it, but it sucks to feel like you've hurt your kids.'

Pals: The Hairspray star wowed in a bright red satin suit as she chatted to her long-term friend

He's here: Will oozed charisma as he stepped out on stage and threw his arms out to announce his arrival 

Just as he wrote about lessons he learned when it came to Jaden's career, he also wrote about the knowledge he gained when it came to his daughter Willow, now 21. 

Following the release of her hit song Whip My Hair in 2010, Willow signed up for a month-long tour opening for Justin Bieber. However, she wasn't enjoying the tour and told her dad she wanted to stop at the end of the European leg of the trip.  

Smith reminded her that she had upcoming tour dates in Australia and therefore couldn't stop touring. His daughter took drastic measures.  

Wisdom: While on stage, he told the live audience of his new book: 'I felt like I have suffered enough and won enough that I could share something that would be helpful.

Advice: 'It's really critical to suffer and to overcome adversity. The overcoming of adversity is how we gain wisdom,' he said 

'Willow came skipping into the kitchen for breakfast. "Good morning, Daddy," Willow said joyfully, as she bounced to the refrigerator,' Smith recalls in his new book.  

'My jaw nearly dislocated, dislodged, and shattered on the kitchen floor: My world-dominating, hair-whipping, future global superstar was totally bald. During the night, Willow had shaved her entire head.

'My mind raced and scrambled — how was she going to whip her hair if she didn't have any? Who the hell wants to pay to watch some kid whip their head back and forth?' 

On his feet: The star passionately paced across the stage as he gave his audience life advice 

Here she is: A mask-wearing Queen Latifah gave fans a wave as she arrived at the event earlier that evening 

Make way: The actress and rapper cast her gaze across the waiting throng outside the venue

'But before I could respond, I felt something slowly turning, shifting, until it clicked into place: In a moment of divine connection and revelation, she had reached me. 

'I leaned down, peered deeply into her eyes, and said, "I got it. I am so sorry. I see you."'

Will's memoir will take readers through his relationship with all three of his children: 29-year-old Trey, 23-year-old Jaden and 21-year-old Willow.

He will also detail his marriages to Sheree Zampino, with whom he shares Trey, and Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress and mother of Jaden and Willow, both the good and the bad of all of his relationships.

All about the family: Smith's book will talk about all three of his kids and give the audience a look at both of his marriages (pictured 2016)