Willow Smith has forgiven father Will Smith for being "harsh" to her following her 'Whip My Hair' fame
During Monday's episode of Facebook Watch's 'Red Table Talk,' the teenager opened up about the effect that her rise to fame had on herself and her relationship with her parents
Will Smith's 18-year-old daughter Willow Smith has revealed that her rise to fame at the tender age of 10 caused a lot of tension in her relationship with her father, who she said was "harsh at certain times."
Willow became an overnight sensation at the age of 10 years with her hit single 'Whip My Hair', and during Monday's episode of Facebook Watch's 'Red Table Talk,' the teenager opened up about the effect the fame and adulation had on herself and her relationship with her parents.“I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing. It was mostly daddy because he was so harsh at certain times,” Willow revealed.
“It was a couple of years, honestly. Trying to regain trust for not feeling like I wasn't being listened to or like no one cared how I felt,” she continued.
Willow said it was a confusing times for her given how young she was, but over time she learnt to forgive herself and her parents for whatever transpired in the past.
“And I had to forgive myself because I felt guilty because everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream. But I didn’t really understand what my dream entailed,” she said.
At this point, Adrienne, Willow's grandmother chimed in saying, "That is one of the hardest things to do, is to forgive yourself. But when you forgive yourself, and when you learn to treat yourself better, you treat others better."
'Red Table Talk' is an American web television talk show starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that premiered on May 7, 2018, on Facebook Watch.
Earlier this year, on the show, Willow also spoke about the disturbing way in which she coped with being a celebrity when she was younger, “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 gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?'” Willow said of her 10-year-old self.
“After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album,” she continued. “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, I was just listening to a lot of dark music. It was just so crazy and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself.”
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken about how lucky Willow is to have a father like Will, in spite of his flaws, because Jada herself grew up without a father figure. In a previous episode on the show, she said, “I remember going through a stage with Will, watching him father Willow that was just like, 'Oh my god, I’ll never have that! Ever!' I always tell Willow, I’m like, ‘Listen, I know you’re dad’s not perfect, but my god, you have a daddy.’ That is the one thing, to be able to give my kids something I didn’t have and be able to watch it.”