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Willow Smith Calls Growing Up In the Public Eye “Excruciatingly Terrible”

"I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression."

Willow Smith doesn't exactly love the limelight. In the premiere issue of Girl Gaze magazine, the 17-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith explains why growing up in the public eye can be an “excruciatingly terrible” experience.

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

“You can’t change any of those things," she continued. "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.”

According to Willow, when you’re born into celebrity, your only choices are to fall deeper into the lifestyle, or basically disappear.

“When you’re born into it, there are two choices that you have; I’m either going to try to go into it completely and help from the inside, or….no one is going to know where I am… and I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society. There’s really no in-between.”

 

Later in the interview, Willow discusses how she translated her experiences into the new album, The 1st, along with discussing self-love, and her generation's dependency on technology.

“I definitely think we’re the most anxious,” she points out.  “I see it in myself. We’re hypersensitive. This generation is hypersensitive spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally. So when we look on our phones and we see people dying right next to us and we’re sitting there about to go get a latte — that breaks you down. It’s not just the phones. The phones are just a tool. The phones just heighten what was already happening.”

Click here to read Willow’s the full interview.

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Usher Has A New Song In The Works With Ludacris, Lil Jon

Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon have a new song on the way more than a decade after the trio made music magic with the 2004 single, “Yeah.” According to Lil Jon, the collaboration will be featured on Usher’s forthcoming studio album.

The Atlanta producer dropped the news on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 13) after a fan asked about a potential follow up to “Yeah.” He later reposted the tweet to Instagram. “We did it already. Coming on @Usher new album” he tweeted along with fire emojis.

Jermaine Dupri is also involved in the collaboration, which the So So Def Founder noted in Lil Jon’s Instagram comments. “S**t slappin too,” added Ludacris.

 

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Featured on Usher’s Confessions album, “Yeah” topped the Billboard charts for 12 consecutive weeks and sold 20 million copies worldwide.

It’s unclear when Usher’s new album will arrive. The 41-year-old Grammy winner dropped an EP titled, A, in 2018. His last studio album, Hard II Love, was released in 2016.

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Keyshia Cole Announces Talk Show On Relationships And More

Three months after welcoming a new baby, Keyshia Cole is getting back to work. Cole has a new talk show premiering on Fox Soul, she announced via social media Thursday (Nov. 14).

One on One with Keyshia Cole will cover “relationships, love and lack thereof” in addition to tackling social media and social topics. Nick Cannon and Cole’s boyfriend, Nikko Hale, will be the first guests on her show, which premieres on Friday at 10 p.m. EST via Fox SOUL.

 

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Besides prepping a new talk show, the Bay Area native has been out promoting her forthcoming reality show premiering on BET next Tuesday (Nov. 18). Cole, 38, and Hale, 24, also stopped by Cannon’s morning show on LA’s Power 106.1 earlier in the week. During their chat, Cannon brought up the pair’s age difference and made mention to his marriage to Mariah Carey before referring to Cole as Hale's “elder.”

See how Cole responded in the video below.

 

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Kanye West Is Teaming With Joel Osteen For Sunday Service In Houston

Kanye West is collaborating with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen for another special installment of Sunday Service. Thousands are expected to attend Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston Sunday (Nov. 17) where West will appear at morning and evening services, both of which are open to the public.

According to TMZ, West is scheduled to attend Lakewood’s 11:00 a.m. service for  a 30-minute conversation with Osteen, which will go down in front of 45,000 people. Seating and parking for the event will be on a first come first served bases.

The “Follow God” rapper will make a second appearance at Laekwood alongside his choir for an evening Sunday Service performance. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., while the event begins at 7:00pm.

Attendees can get free tickets to the evening service via Ticketmaster.com. A select number of tickets will reportedly be available to Lakewood Church members on Friday. General admission passes will be released on Saturday, Lakewood Church confirmed according to Houston’s KHOU-TV.

The evening service will also be streamed live on Osteen’s Facebook, YouTube, and Sirius XM radio channel, and the Lakewood Church website.

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