It seems like it would be pretty great to grow up with two famous parents—there would be galas galore, fancy vacations, and IRL access to your celebrity crush. But according to Willow Smith, the 17-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, growing up in the public eye is “absolutely terrible.”
In a recent interview with Girlgaze, Willow opened up about what it was like to spend her teenage years in the spotlight—and she didn’t hold back. “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,” the singer said. “You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.”
Being under the metaphorical microscope at a young age can also lead to mental-health issues, according to Willow. “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.”
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Of course, some people are calling Willow out on social media, pointing out that they can think of plenty of things worse than growing up in the spotlight.
I’m sure a little girl in Sudan would gladly trade places with her. https://t.co/nFWue0UjFS
— Kaeley Triller (@KaeleyT) November 26, 2017
I could think of a lot worse upbringings than growing up the child of two rich and famous parents. https://t.co/uLQhCcZiPv
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) November 26, 2017
However, it’s clear that the actress and singer has chosen to embrace her famous family, and is using her experience to help other young women find self-love. “There’s no path that’s carved into the ground, there’s no blueprint. But I think it’s just each choice, each choice that you make is a representation of self-love. And each thought that you think about yourself is also a representation of how you feel about yourself,” she said. “If you really sit there and listen to how your inner voice is speaking to you, most of the time it’s very negative. If we are not even talking to ourselves like we expect our best friend to talk to us, then what do we have?”
We’ll get a glimpse of Willow’s life and advice—on her own terms—with her forthcoming album.
Source: Women’s Health Mag