Willow Smith has opened up about the difficulties she faced growing up as the child of famous parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Speaking to Girlgaze, a brand new digital outlet for girls all around the world, Willow said it was “absolutely, excruciatingly terrible” dealing with the attention she faced during her adolescence.
“Growing up and trying to figure out your life… while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know what’s going on, is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible.” Smith complains.
“So I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression, and the world is sitting there looking at them through their phones; laughing and making jokes and making memes at the crippling effect that this lifestyle has on the psyche.”
But despite her struggles, Willow insists she has never been on to feel sorry for herself.
“You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.”
And defending her decision to begin a career in the music industry at such a young age, Willow had this to say to her detractors “when you’re born into it, there are two choices that you have: I’m either going to try to go into it completely and help from the inside.”
“Or I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society.”
“There’s really no in-between.”
Willow Smith was just 10 years old when she released her debut single ‘Whip My Hair’.
Upon it’s release the single received generally positive reviews, with many critics praising the track for it’s kid-friendly, yet universal appeal.
Since the success of her debut single, Smith has gone on to release a further 7 singles, 2 studio albums and 2 EP’s.
Check out the music video for Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’ below:
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