Willow Smith, the talented daughter of rapper Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith released her first single, ‘Whip My Hair’, when she was 10-years-old and it instantly became a hit. All of this thrust her even more into the spotlight than she alreasdy was, followed by concert tours, interviews and more at such a young age.
Speaking on Red Table Talk with her mother, she spoke about how the pressures of fame at such a young age pushed her to extremes.
“It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this grey area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’,” she said.
Willow continued: “After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album. And I was like, I’m not gonna do that. And after all of that kinda settled down and it was like a kind of lull.”Explaining why she turned to self-harm, she said: “I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that. A lot of adolescent girls struggle with self-harm.”
Willow added that she didn’t tell her family about what she was going through, and that only one of her friends knew that she was self-harming.
“I never talk about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life. But you have to pull yourself out of it,” she said.
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WILLOW SMITH: “A LOT OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS STRUGGLE WITH SELF-HARM was originally published on praisecleveland.com