How many times in your life have you wished that Will Smith was your dad? You could bond over your mutual love of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and you’d be entitled to walk every red carpet in Hollywood by association to the man who brought the world ‘Get Jiggy Wit It’.
Combine these factors with Will Smith’s $230 million net worth and you’re surely living a life that most people can only dream of. However, according to the I Am Legend star’s daughter, Willow, growing up in the spotlight is “excruciatingly terrible”.
Speaking to Girl Gaze 17-year-old Willow, famous for her hit single ‘Whip My Hair’ which she released when she was just 10 years old, revealed what it is really like to be the child of an A-list celebrity, and it isn’t as halcyon as you may think.
“I’m going to be completely and utterly honest, it’s absolutely terrible,” the only daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith bluntly explained when asked how it felt to be so famous, so young.
“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.”
“Go into it” is exactly what the California native has done. From her debut acting role as a seven-year-old in her father’s box-office smash movie, I Am Legend, to her platinum-certified song ‘Whip My Hair’ which reached #2 in the charts in the UK.