Willow Smith opens up about battle with self-harm

"A lot of adolescent girls struggle with self-harm"

Willow Smith has opened up about her past battle with self-harm in an emotional new interview.

The actress and singer, 17, is the daughter of rapper Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. She released her first single, ‘Whip My Hair’, when she was 10-years-old.

Speaking on Red Table Talk with her mother, she spoke about how the pressures of fame at such a young age pushed her to extremes.

“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?’,” she said.

Willow continued:  “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.”Explaining why she turned to self-harm, she said: “I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”

“A lot of adolescent girls struggle with self-harm.”

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Willow added that she didn’t tell her family about what she was going through, and that only one of her friends knew that she was self-harming.

“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.

“One night I was like, ‘This is actually psychotic’. And I just stopped.”

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This comes after Willow made headlines last year when she spoke out about how she struggled with the attention of fame during adolescence.

“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible,” she said.“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.”

She continued: “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.”

Signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Willow Smith released first album ‘Ardipithecus’ in 2015, followed by ‘The 1st’ in 2017.