Growing up in the limelight when your parents are movie stars, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be if you ask Willow Smith. The 17- year-old singer revealed that having uber famous parents definitely comes with its own set of challenges and expectations. While many would see the opposite, Willow is candid in the issues she’s faced as a result.
“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 get into it,” Willow explained.
Having hyper-visibility comes at a great cost. There are so many benign and simple things that can lead to overt criticism that she’s had to deal with and witness firsthand growing up in her household.
The singer goes on to say that you can’t change your parents or your face and because of the constant pressure and microscopic access the public had to their lives, it often makes other famous kids go off the deep end as they come of age.
Despite how difficult it has been dealing with a certain level of scrutiny, a lack of autonomy and wild expectations, she loves and respects her parents. She’s grateful for what they’ve instilled in herself and brother Jaden from early on.
Last year, she and Jaden were interviewed by hitmaker Pharrell Williams and they were asked about their famous parents. Willow revealed that as early as she could remember she saw people coming to them for wisdom and advice and them always handling others with love and kindness. She recognizes the vast light that the two of them have shone on their friends, colleagues and family members.
Willow was proud to note that “they always give back what people give to them.” She says that sometimes this ends in them giving and giving in excess. This fact may have some correlation with the recent story that they gave troubled friend Tyrese, $5 million. That claim was found to be false. Perhaps they gave him a lesser amount?
Hopefully, Willow can continue to make strides in her career and life in her own way and on her own terms.