Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Jada: Willow wants to find herself

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's children Jaden and Willow have grown up in the spotlight

Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed her daughter Willow chose not to star in Annie the musical, because she wanted to take time out to "be 12".

The singer and actress - who had a major hit aged just nine with Whip My Hair - has been in the spotlight from a young age along with her famous mother, father Will Smith and brother Jaden.

Jada and Will are producing a remake of the hit musical Annie with Jay-Z, which will now star Beasts Of The Southern Wild Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis.

Jada said: "She was supposed to star in Annie and Willow has decided not to. She decided that she wants to be 12 and says right now she's really concentrating on music skills. She's taking piano lessons, taking her singing lessons every day and writing. She's really just developing herself.

"She's taking her time to develop her skills, so when she feels like people are ready to know the real Willow, then she will make a comeback."

The actress - whose latest project has been the documentary Free Angela Davis And Other Political Prisoners, marking the 40th anniversary of the acquittal of the 1970s political activist - insisted she had little problem living in the public eye. Jada had recently spoken out online to address rumours about her marriage to Will.

But she said: "They're quite easy obstacles. When I really think about what people are going through in the world today, and dealing with people's speculations is one thing. And knowing simply that that's all that it is.

"When you're living your truth and you understand your truth, things get very easy. They get less complicated at least, so I'm very blessed. I am very blessed, so speculations I can deal with."

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