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Willow Smith: "I Want To Be Famous Like My Mommy & Daddy!"

YBF chick of the moment Willow Smith recently gave an interview that goes inside her world, reaching her dreams, and what it's like to be the child of Will and Jada Smith.  See what Willow had to say inside....

 

 

Willow Smith has become a viral sensation with the video for "Whip My Hair" getting more than 7 millions views and her single for the song debuting on iTunes today.  But what sets her apart from many performers is that little Willow has a message to convey. 

In a recent interview witht he AP, she says she wants her music to help everyone follow his or her own path, "to be individuals and do what they think is good and just be themselves." 
 

And growing up, she was struck by the bright lights, big cities and red carpets. So she admits a part of doing what she does is because she wants "to be famous like her mommy and daddy."

With her song being played in clubs and on the radio, Willow said of the song's success, "I just think that it's like, individuality that they're excited about." She's due to release her first album on Jay-Z's Roc Nation sometime next year.

Though Willow played the daughter of her father's character in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend, she was more influenced by her parents' musical careers.  
 

"I would go on tour with them and watch them and I'd be like, 'Oh my gosh, that's what I wanna do.'  I wanted to make a difference now, (and) because I wanted to be big and famous like my mommy and daddy and help people."

She describes her style as "punk rock meets preppy" and says her musical idols include Billy Idol ("his music is really tight") and Lady Gaga.

When asked what the best advice her parents ever gave her was, Willow said it's the same as the message of her music, "They said never be afraid to be yourself," she said, "even when you're in the spotlight." 

Sweet.

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Willow first entered the

Willow first entered the limelight three years ago, playing the daughter of her father's character in the blockbuster movie "I Am Legend." At that time, it seemed as if she would follow in the acting footsteps of her parents, much like her brother, Jaden, who earlier this year had his own smash movie with the remake of "The Karate Kid."
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MOST child stars who end up

MOST child stars who end up in trouble are the result of being the sole bread winner in their household so their parents tend to want to be their friends and let them do what they want because they're bringing in the money - Jada stated on Jimmy Kimmel that's not the case in their household - Jaden and Willow are not the bread winners and they're doing what they love - they asked their parents to sing and act AND she also stated that her and Will will put their foot down when necessary....at this point its not necessary. I think Willow will be ok - she has her parents which are very level headed and humble - she has her grandparents (who Will said don't play that) - and a host of other family members - she's just having fun - as long as she's not half naked and talking about inappropriate things for a 9 year old I see nothing wrong.....give it a rest people!
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the weave is whack tho.....lol (they wrong for that)
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the weave is whack

the weave is whack tho.....lol (they wrong for that)
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the weave is whack

the weave is whack tho.....lol (they wrong for that)
Just sayin's picture

Seriously, I am appalled.

Seriously, I am appalled. People calling themselves christians and bashing a nine year old girl. People talking about how wrong it is for her to want to be a star. She wants to follow in her parents footsteps...if they were lawyers would all of you have your panties in a bunch about it. NO, you wouldn't, stop the negativity. She is in fashions shows in milan...really, Hello, it's better that watching your father sell drugs and your mother sit around collecting welfare. I am happy for them, they are a family, they stand united and they live their lives in accordance with what is best for them. You are not affected by their lifestyles, but I bet you ran out to see the karate kid and the persuit of happiness. All you negative, hateful people need to stop pointing your fingers at them and work on yourselves!
Anonymous's picture

If she wanted to be a lawyer

If she wanted to be a lawyer she would have to wait until she was old enough. She would go to school and the proper chanels. Her parents could not let her be an attorney at 9
Anonymous's picture

Becoming an attorney requires

Becoming an attorney requires learned skills while singing, dancing and acting require talent. Talents are God-given. We know fairly quickly if our children are talented. However, a certain amount of mental maturity is needed for learned abilities. At nine years old, she certainly can't make wise decisions because that comes with age. However, her parents should have enough life experience to guide her through the proper channels.
kerri's picture

It's ok to have opinions

It's ok to have opinions people but they are just that! Keep/Put Willow in your prayers and let the Smiths raise their daughter the way they desire (as long as she is not in direct danger) God knows most of you will have a fit if someone told you how to run your house.....
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AMEN!

AMEN!
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A true artist needs life

A true artist needs life exeperience in order to create. This little girl will have nothing to sing about other than being famous and that will get old after awhile. People were able to relate to Will's songs, I am not sure how many little girls will be able to relate to fashion shows in Paris. She is too young and too sheltered in some respects to truly develop as an artist. Say what we want about Madonna but she seems to have given her child a childhood that included some boundaries. This girl that has the world open to her is now attending public school, Lourdes will have real experiences to draw from. Got to respect that.
Anonymous's picture

How old was Michael Jackson

How old was Michael Jackson when he started? Was he not a true artist!!
Anonymous's picture

I love MJ but are you really

I love MJ but are you really going to use him to make your point? You saw what he went through, he used those hardship as his motivation and created from those experiences. I would not wish that upon anyone.
Anonymous's picture

First of all you don't even

First of all you don't even know what her life experience has been thus far to even make that obversation. I wish people would sit back, shut up and let this kid live out her dreams.
Kim M's picture

And you seem to be in the

And you seem to be in the know. This is the comment section of a blog which means you comment on what you read.
Anonymous's picture

Jada & Will have been in the

Jada & Will have been in the business long enough to know the ins & outs...They're successful and level headed. I promise you Willow will be okay & NOBODY will be pimping her out! Hell, I'm well past 9 yoa and I'll take Willow's World for a minute.
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AWWWWWW!!!! Mommy's smile and

AWWWWWW!!!! Mommy's smile and daddy's ears!!!! I love it, this little girl is sooooo adorable, good luck Willow!!! God bless you and your family.
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Too cute. I wish her the

Too cute. I wish her the best. Willow and Jaden Smith seem to be two celebrity kids who actually have genuine talent. Anybody who hates on or insults a nine year old needs to GET A LIFE!!!
Godiva-Diva's picture

I think she is a cute kid,

I think she is a cute kid, but I agree that she is growing up way too fast. Parents need to allow children to be children. Too much exposer to "Fame and Glamour"can literally destroy an individual. I pray that she can keep grounded, and not be burnt out by 13.
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Willow is really an ugly, big

Willow is really an ugly, big ears, too grown little girl. I read that her parents have an open marriage-- going both ways in their sex life. Now this little girl wants to be like Lady GAHA, a lesbian. That crazy devilish looking bitch is not a role model. Take this kid to sunday school, make her do some chores, homework, go to college and get a degree. She can still perform kid songs sometimes. Maybe a song people can understand! She is too grown acting. Her bedtime should be 8:30 p.m. What the hell is going on? Do Will and Jada, let her do what she wants to do? What's next for her? Will she do a nude photo like Drew Barrymore, when she was a little older than Willa? Well, you can't be too surprise because the Smiths hang out with that devil Tom Cruise and his family! All I can say this child is on the way to disaster! Be a kid. You have plenty time to be grown-up Willa. P.S. Take some of that money and get her ears pinned back.
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Really? You sound like the

Really? You sound like the only devil here. You are so silly & hateful. Get a friend.... take a nap.....play with yourself or something ...shit!
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Seriously? U took the tym to

Seriously? U took the tym to write such crap abt a talented young girl. What does her parents' sex lyf have to do with her career? I feel bad for broke trifling,incompetant,lyfless,ignorant haters lyk yourself.If thats hw u talk abt kids,do this planet a favour and sterilise! U should be ashamed of yourself.
Anonymous's picture

I wonder what your kids look

I wonder what your kids look like if ur able to have any-stop talking about ppls children get a life and get over the fact that u r a nobody-you sound like ur jealous of a innocent child she probably has done more in her nine yrs. than u have all of ur life u lame.
Shay's picture

YOU REALLY HAVE SOME NERVE,

YOU REALLY HAVE SOME NERVE, WRITING SUCH NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT A NINE YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL. YOU NEED JESUS.
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Ur comments are ugly and sad.

Ur comments are ugly and sad. To make such comments about a child's physical appearence alone make you come across as evil and sick. I hope one day you feel better about yourself and get off your moral high horse before someone knocks you off of it.
Anonymous's picture

you sound like a jealous

you sound like a jealous dream deprived bitch.
Anonymous's picture

Shut that sh** up and stop

Shut that sh** up and stop hating; She's no different than all the other young artists that came up singing and acting........
Anonymous's picture

young willow got the

young willow got the internets goin nuts :) i hope everything goes well for her in the long run. just dont see why of all the record companies in the world they had to sign with jay z...*major side-eye*
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Please can someone ask this

Please can someone ask this little girl to define "individuality"...hell can she even spell the word? just saying though, child is talented and cute but child needs to go to school and be educated 1st! the world is changing directions, people are getting more and more educated, education is the basis for any wise future investments... Will and Jada need to put her through school 1st. she can go to school and learn how to improve this talent she already has and make the most of it..."fame" is not everything in life..... she can still pursue a career in the spotlight after she acquires the basic foundation--education! this is me just giving my 2cents.... #concernedobserver#
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well as long as mommy and

well as long as mommy and daddy keep her grounded and humble..raise her the best way they can. she'll be great.
Miss GQ's picture

She'll be fine as long as

She'll be fine as long as Jada and Will hold her down and keep her grounded....there are many child stars that turn out fine.
M. DOT's picture

She wants to be famous like

She wants to be famous like her parents. Whats wrong with that I teach first grade and many of the students want to be teachers, lawyers, or even bus drivers like their parents. She grew up with two famous parents thats all she knows. Give her a break. She's a cute and talented little girl. Her clothes are not tight nor revealing and her subject matter is age appropriate and fun.
Anonymous's picture

Im a little on the fence

Im a little on the fence about Willow. While I support her message of individuality and all, Im afraid that she may be being expose to alot way too soon. For instance, like 2 or 3 weeks ago there were pics on this site with her and jada at fashion shows in paris while normal kids were in school. Im sure she has a tutor while on the road but school is alot more than academics. Now is the time at her age where she would be establishing friendships and joining afterschool activities. And yes, she has famous parents, but that doesnt mean she cant have a normal lifestyle until she is older. While everyone is so busy comparing her to Miley (sigh), lets talk about dakota fanning. She was staring in movies with the likes tom cruise and yet she managed to graduate school with honors and was also on her school"s cheerleading squad. I say all this to say that I just hope she gets to have a childhood. I dont see why at 9 year old needs to be at a fashion show instead of school.
Nani's picture

Agreed. We really need to do

Agreed. We really need to do better than to think the alternative to fashion shows in Milan is watching parents sell drugs because it is not.
Anonymous's picture

Very well said!

Very well said!
NY Seedy's picture

I'm very disappointed in Will

I'm very disappointed in Will and Jada, I mean, i'm not to say that Willow can't follow her dreams, she can do whatever she wants to do, its just that when they are children, they need to be children, they have all the time in world to grow and do whatever they want to do when they are older. I mean we have too many cases of children growing up in the limelight as stars and at the time they are older, when we have so many hopes and aspirations for them, they turn out to be something else. I hope for the sake of who her parents are, she will be able to keep it together for a longtime but still the chances are slim.
Godiva's picture

Willow Smith: I Want To Be

Willow Smith: I Want To Be Famous Like My Mommy & Daddy! Me: Well then why do you keep parading around looking like a wild animal and being so annoying?
POLITICALLY INCORRECT's picture

Im not even kidding...that

Im not even kidding...that hair and her clothes look FLICTED!! Yup I said it....FLICTED.....Jada sitting back grinning ear to ear like the joker like this child is some "hotshot"...... Jada planned for both of these kids to be famous even before the kids knew it.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT's picture

I think we are taking Willow

I think we are taking Willow a bit too seriously. She is a little girl with fame hungry parents, and she is trying to please them. She will get over that and them soon enough and find her own way.
Annie Anonymous's picture

What kid doesn't want to be

What kid doesn't want to be famous at 9? Are y'all serious... What kid isn't behind on their times tables or hates math? Yeah the little girl has weave and um what are those things we put in our children's head called ahem conrows? Platts aren't those extensions??? Maybe not.... She is a little girl doing something she loves. If she wanted to be a ballerina bests believe she would be in the best dance school there is or a pianist. And from my understanding she is home school. It's ridiculous how we judge people. I don't agree with her parents faith but who said that she is going to believe in that and just cause she said that she believes in being an individual or being yourself does not mean she is promoting scientology and I'm a Christian. Do you ask any of these other artists what they are believe and promoting?
MusicLover's picture

I think Willow will be fine.

I think Willow will be fine. Miley Cyrus was pimped out by her dad because his career was over before it started. The Smiths are not in any need of any money! She is right to want to be famous because its what she is around. She is just fortunate that she is in a position to do it and not have to be the bread winner of her family! Anything she does is for fun :-) I also think that both Jada & Wil have provided a sense of "normal life" for all of their kids as much that can be expected living in hollywood! Willow appears well adjusted, excellent manners and a fun and friendly face for youngsters! She got a mohawk....SO WHAT! Do y'all remember the wacky whoopi goldberg looking dreads her mom had her rockin when she was younger and you couldn't tell if she was a boy or a girl.....lol! Like India Airie (however u spell it) said, "I am Not My Hair" As long as she is a happy little girl, and doing what she loves, with the support of her family she will be ok...and in the meantime, My old 34 yr old ass will be whipping my hair back and forth and enjoy young willow steal rhi rhi's fans.... :-) Just my opinion:-)
twink's picture

i don't have a problem with

i don't have a problem with her wanting to be a singer or actress. but the fact that she clearly stated she wants to be "famous" is what bothers me. When you want something u'll do almost anything and i mean ANYTHING to get it. they start out singing and then when they branch out to do things that will continue to keep them "famous" ppl freak out. all these children in the spotlight nowadays want fame not the necessarily creating the art that is singing or acting or dancing and look where they've ended up.
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