Willow Smith is thanking her family for their constant support during her dark times dealing with mental health.
The singer, 18, joined Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Thursday to talk about her new album Willow and what has changed since “Whip My Hair”.
After hinting of mental health struggles following the 2011 mega-hit, host Ebro Daren asked Smith what made her get back into music.
“My family is really the only reason I feel like I recovered from that time in the way that I did,” she explained, crediting dad Will Smith, mom Jada Pinkett-Smith and brother Jaden Smith. “Because if I didn’t have them or if they weren’t as accepting of me and my pain and trying to understand me, that could have gone left very easily and very fast.”
Adding, “In viewing that purpose and that value in me like, ‘No you’re meant to do something. This is not for nothing. That is really important. Most of the time I felt like, ‘Why am I here?’ I have all this freedom and privilege and what am I going to do?”
And collaborating with family helps too.
“You know how life can test you, and then another lyric is how life can bless you,” she said of the track “U Know” with Jaden. “I did an homage back to the music I used to do, like that production. It almost has a trap influence to it. I wanted to bring that spiritual vibe to it. I’m talking about evoking the spirit of the mother and I wanted to bring that in with the trap element.”
Willow is available now.