Willow Smith Opens Up About Her ‘Terrible’ Life

Willow Smith is gracing the cover of the latest issue of Girl Gaze Zine and inside her cover story the 17-year-old isn’t holding back about how “excruciatingly terrible” it is to be a famous teen with famous parents.

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

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 your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.

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.

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.

You never know what someone’s life is like until you walk in their shoes.