Each Willow and Jaden Smith have been within the public eye from a younger age — with the previous’s debut single “Whip My Hair” topping the charts when she was simply 11. Within the aftermath of the success, she tried to quit being Justin Bieber’s help act for the My World Tour, solely to be instructed by Will that she couldn’t. She subsequently shaved her head in protest.
As Willow explained in 2018, “I undoubtedly needed to forgive [Jada] and daddy for that complete ‘Whip My Hair’ factor. It was largely daddy as a result of he was so harsh at sure instances. It was like, a few years making an attempt to regain belief for not feeling like I used to be listened to, or nobody cared what I felt throughout that point.”
“2010 was like the best 12 months as an artist, as a father or mother. Karate Child got here out in June, ‘Whip My Hair’ got here out in October. I am constructing this dream of a household I’ve had in my thoughts,” he started.
“‘I will do it higher than my father did it.’ We have talked about it, my father was abusive,” Will continued. “I instructed myself I might by no means have that sort of power with my household, and I had a dream, an concept of a household I used to be constructing. Just about 2010 to 2012 I had achieved every part I had ever dreamed. I used to be past [my] wildest desires.”
Nevertheless, Will stated that the success started to tear his household aside: “No person in my household was glad. No person wished to be in a platoon. Willow was the primary one to start the mutiny, and it was my first realization that success and cash do not imply happiness. Up till that time, I actually believed that you possibly can succeed your method — to a home and a household — and you possibly can win your technique to happiness.”
“That was my first introduction to the concept that materials circumstances don’t equal happiness and, in a number of circumstances, they are often the rationale you are not glad.”
“You may have a lot stuff that it makes you depressing,” he continued, noting that the expertise led him to find “emotions” in a method he by no means had earlier than. “That was my first pull-back, and I used to be like, ‘OK, what am I lacking?’ That is once I began studying and learning psychology and the relation to human happiness. I used to be by no means sad, I beloved life — however I used to be driving the individuals round me in a method that I used to be leaving scorched earth.”