It's a hard life being the teenage daughter of one of Hollywood's most successful - and therefore one of its richest - stars.

No really, it is. At least, it is if you ask Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. In an interview with Girl Gaze, the 17 year-old explained how constantly being in the spotlight is actually incredibly draining.

"Growing up and trying to figure out your life... while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know what's going on, is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible - and the only way to get over it, is to go into it," she said.

"You can't change your face. You can't change your parents. You can't change any of those things."

Of course, as with any teenager these days, social media is a big part of Willow's life, but she admitted that, unlike most teenagers, it plays a big role in her struggle with fame.

She said: "I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression, and the world is sitting there looking at them through their phones, laughing and making jokes and making memes at the crippling effect that this lifestyle has on the psyche.

"When you're born into it, there are two choices that you have: I'm either going to try to go into it completely and help from the inside, or no one is going to know where I am and I'm really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society. There's really no in-between."

With her acting and rapping, Willow - who released her second album, The 1st, on Halloween this year - has spent a lot of her life under the glare of the spotlight.

As Will Smith revealed in 'Footnotes For Adnis', that Jay-Z put out as part of the promotion for his 4:44 album, Willow shaved off her hair in reaction to the pressures of touring.

"We came downstairs and she had shaved her head bald," Will recalled on the recorded segment, which was released in August.

"She shaved her head bald in the middle of her 'Whip My Hair' tour. I was like, 'Oh, s-t.' ... I'm looking at that girl and I'm like, 'Got it. I understand. You will not have this trouble out of me ever again. Let's go, baby. We can go.'"

Words: Mischa Pearlman

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