Willow Smith reveals the 'terrible' reality of growing up with famous parents
While many people would love the fame and wealth that comes with being a celebrity, there are plenty of downsides to that life. Every action you take and every remark you make will be put under the microscope by fans, curious onlookers and internet trolls. And when it comes to romantic relationships - there's little-to-no privacy.
Seeing paparazzi shots of Jennifer Lawrence or Kim Kardashian is something we're pretty used to, but when you try to imagine being the one who can't leave their house without a crowd of photographers getting in your face, it sounds like a nightmare. Even your private photos aren't necessarily safe, as the iCloud leak of 2014 still has a lingering effect on many women in the public eye.
Growing up in this scenario, then, must be quite difficult to deal with. Imagine all those photos of your awkward teenage years are plastered all over the internet before you can delete them just because your parents are famous? This is definitely the case for Willow Smith, as after all, there aren't many families on quite the same level of fame as the Smith family.
In a recent interview with Girlgaze, the 17 year old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, opened up about what it was like growing up in the shadow of parents who have dominated the movie, music and business worlds before she could ride a bike. In short, she said it was "absolutely terrible":
"To be completely and utterly honest, it's absolutely terrible"
"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."
Willow, who has recently released her second album, goes on to explain how you don't really have much choice in the matter. If you are born into fame, you have to live with it, but you have two options - either embracing the lifestyle or going into hiding.
"You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things. So 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… I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society. There’s really no in-between."
This choice is definitely visible in Will Smith's family - as while both Willow and Jaden Smith are in the limelight, his older son from a previous marriage, Trey, doesn't cause as much of a stir - showing that you can take yourself out of the public eye if you wish to.