Willow Smith says she and brother Jaden felt ‘shunned’ by black community
Last Modified: Oct 18, 2020
Willow Smith shared that she and her older brother Jaden Smith felt “shunned” by the black community as they grew up and began to express their creative lives.
On her mom Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talks” show on Facebook Watch she said, “With the African American community, I kind of felt like me and Jaden were shunned a little bit.”
“We’re not gonna take pride in them because they’re too different. They’re too weird.” Willow, 19, added. She appeared on the show with her grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and also added that she did feel the pressure from some of her family members as well.
Both Willow and Jaden, 22, began adopting a more androgynous approach to their appearances in the early 2010s. Willow had shaved her hair while Jaden had begun to wear dresses and high heels during public appearances.
“There was a firestorm” confirmed Jada when the then 11-year-old Willow cut her hair.
Previously Willo had revealed to her mother and grandmother that she was bisexual and could see herself in a polyamorous relationship in her future.