Willow Smith had to learn how to “forgive” her parents after her early success with Whip My Hair.
The 18-year-old daughter of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith released the smash hit single in 2010 when she was just 10 years old, and has said she had a complicated relationship with her parents after reaching stardom, because she felt like “no-one cared” about her feelings.
Speaking on her mother’s Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, Willow said: “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.
"And I had to forgive myself because I felt guilty because everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream. But I didn’t really understand what my dream entailed.”
Earlier this year, Willow admitted to self-harming during the height of the single’s chart success.
She said: "It was after that whole Whip My Hair thing and 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?'
"After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album. 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. It was just so crazy and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself.”
Jada, 47, was left shocked by the news, as she asked her daughter: "What? When were you cutting yourself? I didn't see that part. Cutting yourself where?”
To which Willow responded: "On my wrist. I mean, you can't even see it but there's still a little something there. But like, totally lost my sanity for a moment there. 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."