Willow Smith shocked her mum Jada Pinkett Smith and her grandmum Adrienne Banfield-Jones when she revealed on their latest episode of Red Table Talk that she was self-harming in the wake of the fame that came after she released the hit song “Whip My Hair”.
Willow had barely turned 10 when Whip My Hair came out in 2010. And it shocked her mum when she revealed she was cutting herself at that age because she was confused as to what next to do with her life.
The second episode of the Red Table Talk was centered around dealing with loss. When Jada asked Willow what her greatest loss was, the 17-year-old revealed that she lost her “sanity” shortly after her hit song “Whip My Hair” came out in 2010.
She said: “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and 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 continued: “After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album. And I was like, I’m not gonna do that. And 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. It was just so crazy and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself.”
Jada and Adrienne were immediately shocked and said they had no idea the young singer was going through that.
Jada said: “What? When were you cutting yourself? I didn’t see that part. Cutting yourself where?”
And Willow answered: “On my wrist. I mean, you can’t even see it but there’s still a little something there. But like, totally lost my sanity for a moment there. I never talk about it because it was such a short weird point in my life. But you have to pull yourself out of it.”