Willow Smith says she self-harmed as a child

In an interview on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk.

May 15, 2018
Willow Smith says she self-harmed as a child Willow Smith attends the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2018 in Paris, France.   Edward Berthelot/Getty

Willow Smith has spoken about a time in her life when she "lost her sanity" and began self-harming. The 17-year-old artist spoke about her experience during an interview on Red Table Talk, the Facebook chat show hosted by her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith,

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Speaking to her mom, Smith said she began cutting herself shortly after she released "Whip My Hair" in 2010. "After all of that settled down and there was a lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music and it was just so crazy," she said. "I was just plunged into this black hole and I was cutting myself."

"I was kind of just in this grey area of like 'Who am I? Do I have a purpose?" Smith added. "Is there anything that I can do beyond this?' I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain but my physical circumstances weren't reflecting that."

"Whip My Hair" was released when Smith was 10. She said she stopped the self-harm three years after she began. That moment arrived "one night [when] I was just like 'this is actually psychotic'. And after that, I just stopped."

Watch the full episode of Red Table Talk here.

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Willow Smith says she self-harmed as a child