At 10-years-old, Willow Smith became a breakout star with her catchy hip-pop single “Whip My Hair” becoming an international hit, with expectations for her music career high.
However, Smith’s early rise to fame caused tensions behind the scenes, particularly with her family. On a Monday (Dec. 3) episode of Red Table Talk via Facebook Watch, the 18-year-old singer admitted to having a tumultuous relationship with her father, Will Smith, when “Whip My Hair” climbed the charts.
Sitting down with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith, her grandmother and uncle, Smith revealed her transgressions during the episode titled, “Learning To Forgive,” “I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole “Whip My Hair” thing,” she said. “It was mostly daddy because he was so harsh at certain times.”
“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 Ardipithecus-creator added.
This isn’t the first time Willow has talked about the “Whip My Hair” era. She’s noted the decision to shave her head in her tween years was in the rebellion to the image being pushed on her. Back in May, Willow revealed on the popular web series her dark period which included a moment of self-harm, unknown to her family.
“I feel like I lost my sanity at one point. I had just stopped doing singing lessons, and I was kind of just in this gray area of ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?'” she said at the time.
Check out the episode above.