Willow Smith Revealed That Her Dad, Will Smith, Was Pretty Harsh During Her Early Fame

Being the kid of a rich and famous person has definitely lots of perks. Not only will you automatically inherit the genetic lottery, but you also have bank accounts at your disposal for each and every whim. However, you have to consider that your private life will often be ceased. I wouldn’t be mad about this, I mean, I already am an oversharer and don’t get paid for that. But I guess that can be distressing a lot of times, especially for children and teenagers.

Recently, the daughter of the famous actor, Will Smith, and actress, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith, has opened up about how she felt growing up with famous parents. Last year, she spoke to Girlgaze and said that growing up in the shadow of her parents was ‘absolutely terrible’.


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Talking to GirlGaze, Willow opened up and said:

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—and the only way to get over it, is to go into it.

She went on to say how she struggled:

When you’re born into it, there are two choices that you have; I’m both 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.


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On her mother’s show, where Willow, Jada, and Jada’s mother are usually joined by another guest, she opened up about this matter. However, this time she got brutally honest.

When Willow was ten years old, she released her first single called ‘Whip My Hair.’ The song became a worldwide success, but that was rather a fraught time in the youngster’s life.


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According to Willow, her father, Will Smith, was not easy on her during her early career stage, that it actually took her years to forgive him. When her mother asked her if there was one person in her life that she’d had to forgive, the 18-year-old said:

I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole “Whip My Hair” thing. It was mostly daddy because he was so harsh at certain times. It was like, a couple of years trying to regain trust for not feeling like I was listened to, or no one cared what I felt during that time.

Willow explained:

I had to forgive myself too. I felt guilty because I was like, ‘Everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream.’ But I didn’t really understand what my dream entailed.


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In a previous episode of the show, Willow brought up this matter again, saying:

You and daddy should have been like, ‘OK, we value her musical growth and knowledge more than her popularity’.


Source: NH Entertainment


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