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Willow Smith Explains Why Growing Up Famous is ‘Excruciatingly Terrible’


Willow Smith says growing up famous is absolutely terrible.

The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, who has landed incredible fashion deals, is a poet and and singer, poured her heart out in a recent interview , where she described what growing up in the spotlight is like for 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 ,” the 17-year-old said. “ You can’t change your face.

You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things .”

She continued, adding also the influence of social media, how people from all around the world make life difficult for young stars like her.

“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 explained.

The young star continued, “ 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 .”

But, no matter the horror that comes with being a star, Willow Smith has her parents to thank for the way they raised her, how they encouraged her to be strong, how they also have helped every other person that come their way.

“Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal ,” she said in a recent interview.

“ But literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, ‘I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you .’”

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