AceShowbiz - Willow Smith is unbothered by the hate that she receives from the rock community. The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith revealed in an interview with Face Magazine that she has strong determination thanks to her musical journey with her rocker mom.
Recalling the time when she would accompany her mom and her metal band Wicked Wisdom, Willow shared, "They would take me to the back of the venue and I would just put my little horns up." She went on to say, "There were specific moments when I felt like she was just performing to me. It felt so beautiful and so inspiring. I knew that that's what I wanted to do with my life."
Willow believed that "a lot" has changed. And "even if it hasn't," the singer vowed, "I'm just going to continue doing the work. That's what I'm here for." She continued, "I wish I could understand [them], but because I’m not in their mindset, it's kind of hard. There's a reason that me doing this must cause them pain, so I have compassion for that, but I'm not gonna change what I'm doing. I try not to look too deep into it because I don't want to get attached to those negative emotions. There's no reason for me to get attached to them. But I still don't want to shy away from it."
"Black people created rock music," the "Lipstick" hitmaker claimed. "But we have been so indoctrinated, so conditioned to believe that we only thrive in certain categories of creativity and entertainment. And that's just not OK."
Of her upcoming collaborative track with Travis Barker and Avril Lavigne, "Lately I Feel Everything", Willow said, "Travis and Avril know pop-punk more than anyone." She added, "To see them be so proficient in their art was just so inspiring. Travis listened to '[t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l]' one time and played it perfectly. Like, that's crazy! The fact that Avril can just do one idea and there's no questions, that's what we're going to do, that's the most fire... They're just so in tune and they know it's going to be great."
Prior to this, Willow talked about witnessing the "intense racism and sexism" that her mom received when she was touring with her band. "It was intense racism and sexism, just packed onto the tens," she told L'Officiel earlier this month. "People giving her death threats, throwing glass at her onstage. Some crazy stuff went down when she was touring with her band."
Gushing over her mom, Willow noted that Jada was "womaning up" despite the hate. " Obviously, she was scared. But she really showed me what 'womaning up' really was, by taking a stance and not being afraid of other people's judgments and perceptions. I really wanted to just go within that place in myself and try something new, regardless of what my insecurities were," Willow recounted.