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Willow Smith says it took her years to forgive her parents after her early rise to fame

Jada Pinkett says her husband Will Smith asked for a very unusual present for his 50th birthday. She obliged, but will never give him the gift again.
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Willow Smith’s early rise to stardom caused tension with her famous father Will Smith.

The singer, 18, revealed on Monday’s Red Table Talk they had a complicated relationship following the success of her debut single “Whip My Hair” in 2010 when she was 10 years old.

She told mom Jada Pinkett Smith on the Facebook Watch series, “I definitely had to forgive you and daddy for that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing. 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 young star also said she didn’t know what she really wanted at such a young age.

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

Earlier this year, she admitted that she self-harmed early in her career.

“I feel like I lost my sanity at one point,” Smith said of the time surrounding her song’s release. “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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