Willow Smith says mom Jada Pinkett Smith “didn’t understand” her anxiety about growing up

Willow Smith and mom Jada Pinkett Smith I haven’t always seen it in the eye when it comes to anxiety.

The 21-year-old talked about her mental health difficulties and her mother understanding them on Wednesday’s episode of “Interview at the red table“With Ireland Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

“Damn. It was tough,” Smith told Baldwin during their one-on-one early game Facebook watch the show “I feel like when I was growing up, she didn’t understand my anxiety. Because she – growing up – had seen her friends die.

“She had gone through so many things that my problems with her seemed, like …”

“Smaller,” Baldwin interjected.

Willow Smith and Ireland Baldwin in conversation about the latest episode of “Red Table Talk”.

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“And it was very frustrating for me as a kid,” Smith continued. “Because I was like, ‘How can you not see my inner emotional struggle?’”

“But recently, we talked and she was like, ‘I never knew I felt anxious,’” Smith said of her mom. “And she’s been pushing it down for so many years, like she has no idea. So, I had to forgive her a little for saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it, but it’s not that bad.’ “

Willow opened up on her “extreme anxiety“first, which she believes led to full blown bouts when she reached an intense level of stardom when she was just a child. The singer released her first single,” Whip My Hair “at just 9, and then started to open for Justin Bieber.

“It was crazy,” Smith he told The Independent last year regarding the management of anxiety attacks at such a young age.

“I was brainwashed and thought, ‘No, you’re a brat, suck it,’” she said. “Then I grew up and realized it was something that needed to be addressed.”

In 2018, the singer even said that she he devoted himself to self-harm as a preteen in an effort to cope.

“I feel like I’ve lost my sanity at some point,” Smith said at the time. “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and I had just stopped taking singing lessons and was in a kind of gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this? ‘”