Will Smith's Daughter Reveals It Took Years to "Forgive" Her Father


LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actors Jaden Smith and Willow Smith arrive at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA on November 18, 2013

Will Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, reveals it took her a couple of years to forgive her father after becoming famous at an early age.

Willow Smith recently opened up about her early fame following her hit single Whip My Hair, when she was only 10 years old.

Speaking to her mother and grand mother on Monday’s episode of Red Table Talk, Smith, described her father being “harsh” during that point in time in her life.

“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,” Willow Smith told mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandma Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

“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,” the singer continued.

While Willow did not reveal the details, she explained she was able to forgive her father after a few years and forgive herself.

“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,” she said.

Last October, Willow Smith also revealed the immense pressure to finish her first album after releasing “Whip My Hair” and led her to self-harm.

“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,” Willow recalled. “It was just so crazy and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself.”

Willow Smith NEW YORK - OCT 17, 2017: Willow Smith attends the TIDAL X: Brooklyn concert at the Barclays Center on October 17, 2017, in New York (JStone /

Jada then explained the conversation in which she found her daughter cutting herself.

“We went through what happened and, in the moment, I realized as a mother you also have to give your children space to deal with their own shadow,” Jada explained during the "Table Talk" episode. “There’s lots of things that my mother didn’t know about me that she’s just finding out about me.”

Willow’s mother continued and said she decided to focus on what led her daughter to this dark point in her life.

“I was most proud about that she could share it in the way she did, which let me know she had come through in a major way, that she could put it on the table like that,” the actress said. “I wanted to focus on what [it was] that got her through.”

She added, “I really talked to her about her powering side of her journey and give her all the praise in the world for that part instead of focusing on, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?'”


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