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Poor, poor Willow Smith. You might find it hard to believe, but the talented youngster is of the impression that her life has been an unpleasant experience.At this point, you’re either scratching your head and asking yourself what da heyall is she talking about? Or you’re somewhere doubled over in laughter after you hear her reasoning: She’s had to endure being in the spotlight all her life as the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible,” Willow, 17, confessed to Girl Gaze in an interview released Friday.“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 said. “You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.”Willow says social media also plays a role in her struggle with fame.

“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,” she said. “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 no one is going to know where I am and I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society. There’s really no in-between.”

Will Smith revealed that he only realized Willow wasn’t all that crazy about show business in 2012, when she shaved the very hair she sang about during her “Whip My Hair” tour.

“We came downstairs and she had shaved her head bald,” Will recalled on Jay-Z‘s “Footnotes of Adnis,” released in August. “She shaved her head bald in the middle of her ‘Whip My Hair’ tour. I was like, ‘Oh, s—t.’ … I’m looking at that girl and I’m like, ‘Got it. I understand. You will not have this trouble out of me ever again. Let’s go, baby. We can go.’”

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5 thoughts on “Willow Smith Says Growing Up With Famous Parents Was ‘Excruciating’

  1. I completely understand what she is saying. Most won’t understand because all they see is the fame and fortune. Her perception is valid and this is all about her perception. Not one of us have lived in their home so we have no idea what actually went on in that home.

    • Tim Green on said:

      Exactly Cam!! …. so many people these days equate fortune, fame & success with health & happiness, i cant even begin to imagine how terrible it must be especially as a child to have your EVERY decision critiqued & analyzed to the tiniest detail by a bunch of strangers that dont know you nor truly give a fuck about you and are quick to tear you down at a moments notice.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        And that’s why she needs to stop listening to strangers on the internet and be herself and stop trying to live through her parents or live up to her parents and the public’s expectations. It’s not about the money but she’s a much better predicament than most young people. Most of her problems are self inflicted, her struggling with identify issues more than anything. Don’t live your life according to what people say or expect from you.

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    Actually Willow you have a great privileged life, once you realize that you’re not your parents and stop trying to live up to their status. I don’t agree that the life of a famous kid is that bad. For most celebrity kids we never hear or see them, they live their life out of the spot light, stay under the radar and just simply be normal go to college and stay out of the tabloids. The only pressure you have is the pressure that you put on yourself to be famous because your parents are. I never understand people who believe they have to fill their parents shoes. You don’t have to act, sing or play sports just because your parent (s) did. Hollywood/NBA/NFL may not be your calling. There are many opportunities that she could capitalize on, go to college learn a trade and start your own business. Unlike most people her age she doesn’t need a loan, she will never have to worry about a place to stay or having a car. So spare me the “my miserable life story”. I wish I had your life and privilege at your age, not necessarily the fame but just the opportunities and financial backing. She doesn’t know what a miserable suck life is, child give me a break please.

    • MariAnne Bolton on said:

      AMEN! She should just count her blessings; stay away from drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; and obey the laws of the land. Like you said, she’ll NEVER know what it’s like to really need a car to get to work & school but her parents can’t afford to buy her a car.

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