No one said it was easy to grow up as a child actor. The grueling schedules and the expectations to be on point every hour of the day would be hard on anyone.
Recently, Willow Smith, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter, revealed how she had been harming herself during the height of her fame when she was younger.
“I would have to say, honestly, I feel like I lost my sanity at one point,” the 17-year-old said. “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing, and I just had stopped doing singing lessons, and I was kind of like, just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything, like, I can do besides this?’”
Willow, her mother Jada, and her grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones star in the show of "Red Table Talk," where Willow decided to lay it all on the table.
Back in 2010, Willow released a single called "Whip My Hair," which pushed the 9-year-old singer to the spotlight, but later a dark hole.
“After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album,” Willow said. “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, and it was just so crazy and I was just like plunged into this black hole, and I was, like, cutting myself.”
Jada and her grandmother were shocked. By the look on their faces, they couldn't believe their daughter had done this.
Willow later revealed that she had only told one friend and no one else. She even showed a faint, little scar on her wrist.
“I never talk about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life, but you have to pull yourself out of it,” she said. “I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain, but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”
Thankfully, she has since stopped. One night she said that she thought it was "psychotic" and just stopped. It has been about five years ago since her last cutting, and her family said that they saw no signs of hurt or physical hurt.
Check out the entire episode below:
Check out Will Smith with James Corden singing. You don’t want to miss this!
What do you think about this? Let us know! In other news, a woman has abducted a 7-year-old girl after stabbing an 11-year-old girl. Police are asking for help.