While we’d all like to think that growing up rich and famous means a worry-free life, Willow Smith is getting real about the negative effects it can have on kids, describing her own life of stardom as “absolutely terrible.”
In an interview with Girl Gaze, the “Whip My Hair” singer shared that being the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has forced her to give up any semblance of privacy while maturing into a young woman, something the average teen doesn’t have to deal with.
“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible. 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.”
She continued, “The only way to get over it, is to go into it. You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.”
The 17-year-old went on to say social media bullying also affects her and other young celebs more than their followers know.
“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.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.