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Willow Smith felt 'brainwashed' during her younger years

Willow Smith has confessed to feeling overwhelmed by fame. Picture: Bang Showbiz

Willow Smith has confessed to feeling overwhelmed by fame. Picture: Bang Showbiz

Published Jan 3, 2022


Willow Smith felt "brainwashed" into thinking she was a brat during her younger years.

The 21-year-old pop star suffered anxiety attacks after releasing the hit single 'Whip My Hair' in 2010, and Willow has confessed to feeling overwhelmed by the situation at the time.

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She said: "That was crazy. I was brainwashed into thinking, ‘No, you’re being a brat, suck it up.’ Then I grew up, and I realised it was something that needed to be dealt with."

However, Willow found that exercise helped to improve her mental health amid the coronavirus lockdown.

She told The Independent: "I became a little obsessive with physical exertion – I didn’t allow myself to feel [anxiety], I just wanted to run it out. Sometimes the body is so intelligent."

Willow's parents - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - have both been candid about their personal struggles over recent years.

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But the singer doesn't have any worries about them oversharing.

Willow - who has co-hosted the Facebook Watch talk show 'Red Table Talk' - said: "Everyone is going through something and the biggest disservice you could do [to yourself and others] is put up a facade and be like, that’s not the case [here]. That sounds wrong to me."

Asked if she ever feels as though her family are too open with the public, Willow replied: "I feel I’ve always understood that my parents are their own people.

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"A lot of kids think of their parents like … ‘Your whole identity is for me.’ [But] seeing them in this lifestyle we had, from a very young age it was clear to me they weren’t just my parents. They’re full, other people who have their own emotions."

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