This Mental Health Month, more and more celebrities are coming forward about their personal struggles. Willow Smith, who began to be in the limelight when she was 9 years old, is the latest to open up about her journey. In an honest conversation with her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, the two talked about her start and how she coped with it all. The two spoke on Jada’s web sh0w, “Red Table Talk,” where Willow revealed she cut her wrists.
“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?’” Smith said. 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.’… 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.”
The conversation surprised Jada, who had no idea about the self-harm. When she asked for some clarification, Smith explained “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.” It may come as a shock to some to hear such a young person deal with mental health so physically, but it is a harsh reality. We hope that by hearing Willow speak about her journey, others can come forward and begin to heal however they need to.
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