Willow Smith Says Growing Up In The Spotlight Is “Excruciatingly Terrible”

Every now and then, eternal beings Jaden and Willow Smith descend from their celestial plane to whisper dark and profane secrets into the ears of mere mortals, and we are thankful whenever they bestow their blessings and wisdom upon us.

Willow Smith recently gave an interview to Girlgaze magazine to promote her second album, The 1st, and opened up about life in the spotlight, telling the publication that growing as the child of Will Smith, with the world’s attention on her, is not that great.

“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible,” said Smith, who released her first single ‘Whip My Hair’ at the age of 10 and has been a public figure since then. She added:

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

She continued:

“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. 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 full interview with Willow here.