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Willow Smith Says It Took Time To Forgive Her Dad Will After Success of ‘Whip My Hair’ Song: ‘He Was So Harsh’

Willow Smith went into a little more detail about the misery she felt when her song “Whip My Hair” blew up in 2010.

She did it on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk,” where the discussion was centered on forgiveness.

Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett spoke about forgiving their father for most of the discussion since he was in and out of their lives and addicted to drugs before passing away from an overdose.

Willow Smith said she finally forgave her parents for her song "Whip My Hair."


And when the conversation swung around to Willow and who she had to forgive, the 18-year-old said her parents, namely her dad Will Smith. Willow didn’t say it outright, but she suggested the film star really wanted her to be in entertainment.

“I definitely had to forgive you and Daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing,” she admitted. “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.”

Willow said she also had to turn that forgiveness inward.

“And I had to forgive myself, because I felt guilty because everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream. But I didn’t really understand what my dream entailed.”

Earlier this year, the 18-year-old revealed that she was so depressed during the “Whip My Hair” period that she started cutting herself and eventually turned her back on entertainment entirely.

“It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing,” she said on “Red Table Talk” in May. “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?”

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