You might think that having rich and famous parents would make life so much easier and more interesting, but Willow Smith wants you to know that it’s “absolutely terrible” and may have even been responsible for damaging her mental health.
Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, dipped her toes back into the music biz back in 2010 with the nauseatingly infections “Whip My Hair.” But growing up in a world of paparazzi and red-carpet appearances took its toll on her.
“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 told Girl Gaze.
“You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things. So I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression … When you’re born into it, there are two choices you have; I’m either going to try to go into it completely and help from the inside, or … no one is going to know where I am.”
“[A]nd I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society,” Smith continued. “There’s really no in-between.”
Smith also sought to defend her generation’s obsessions with smartphones as an inevitability: “It’s not just the phones. The phones are just a tool. The phones heighten what was already happening.”
The 17-year-old, along with older brother Jaden, have accrued an army of young social media followers who find their brand of mysterious teenage angst incredibly appealing. She’s also working on her second album – called “The 1st” for some reason – that Smith described on Twitter as an “emotional regurgitation from the depths of a burgeoning woman.”