Willow Smith lives a pretty privileged life, but she says that growing up in the spotlight has been ‘terrible.’
“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible,” the 17-year-old told Girl Gaze in an interview released Friday.
She continued, “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,” she said. “You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.”
To be honest, it sounds like most teenage struggles.
“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,” Willow 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.”
You can read the rest of her interview and check out the dope accompanying photos here.