Daughter’s rebellious ways were a test for Will Smith
Complications began following success of young singer’s ‘Whip My Hair’ in 2010
Willow Smith’s early rise to stardom caused tension with her famous father Will Smith. The singer, 18, revealed on Monday’s
Red Table Talk they had a complicated relationship following the success of her debut single “Whip My Hair” in 2010 when she was 10 years old.
She told mom Jada Pinkett Smith on the Facebook Watch series, “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. It was a couple of years, honestly. Trying to regain trust for not feeling like I was being listened to or like no one cared how I felt.”
The young star also said she didn’t know what she really wanted at such a young age.
“And I had to forgive myself because I felt guilty because everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream,” she added. “But I didn’t really understand what my dream entailed.”
Earlier this year, she admitted that she self-harmed early in her career.
“I feel like I lost my sanity at one point,” Smith said of the time surrounding her song’s release. “I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this grey area of ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’ ”
In an interview with Haute Living magazine Monday, Will Smith also opened up about his relationship with Willow during that time, noting he experienced a type of “mutiny” with his family over his leadership style.
“Willow was really the first person during ‘Whip My Hair’ that decided she didn’t want to do what I said,” he said. “Because she was the baby girl, she really had the most power over me. As a man — if your daughter says no, there’s really nothing you can do.”
He continued, “She really tested me ... She was like, no she didn’t want to. She was done with ‘Whip My Hair.’ She was done with performing, and as a protest, she shaved her head bald. That was really the first time that I realized that my family wasn’t happy with the direction that I was taking them.”
Willow Smith, right, opened up about the issues she had with father Will Smith in an interview with Adrienne Banfield-Jones, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith.