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Willow Smith

Willow Smith is only 19 years old, but she has already established herself as a singer, songwriter, record producer, fashionista, and actress. Willow’s shelf is filled with prestigious awards ranging from the Young Artist Award’s Best Performance in a Feature Film to the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding Music Video award.

Early Life

Willow Camille Reign Smith was born on October 31, 2000, in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in a supportive home. Her father is Will Smith, the world-famous actor, and musician. And her mother is Jada Pinkett Smith, an established actress as well.

Willow grew up alongside her two older brothers – Trey Smith, an actor and DJ, and Jaden Smith, an actress, and musician. Growing up in such an artistic family, Willow herself got interested in music and acting. At an early age, she participated in charity work. Willow and her brothers are youth ambassadors for Project Zambi, where they continuously work on providing support to children orphaned by AIDS in Zambia.

Career

Willow began to pursue an acting career when she was offered the chance to debut in a movie in which her father played the leading role. She appeared as Marley Neville for the first time in front of the audience in I Am Legend in 2007. The following year she was cast for a role in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Later that year, she gave her voice to a character in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

At the same time, Willow kept working on her music. In an interview on Lopez Tonight, her mother announced Willow’s debut album, and soon after it, the single Whip My Hair came out. It went platinum and hit number 11 in the U.S. charts and number 2 in the U.K.

She didn’t waste any time. Willow announced her new single 21st Century Girl and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote it. The single was released the following day, but it wasn’t as successful as the first one.

Willow started collaborating with other superstars in the music industry. Her first collaboration, Fireball, with rapper Nicki Minaj was released on October 6, 2011. But it wasn’t as successful as producers hoped. It didn’t peak at any of the charts, but it did appear on the US R&B chart.

In 2011, Willow’s producer announced that her album is almost complete and that it should be released soon. The album was to have the same vibe as Willows first single and go out by the name Knees and Elbows. Meanwhile, Willow released her first video for the song Do it Like Me (Rockstar). Soon after the video, Willow released the I Am Me music video, followed by I Am Me single on Amazon and iTunes.

The album Knees and Elbows was never released, and it appears that Smith has abandoned it altogether. The fans could listen to Willow’s new release in the summer of 2013. She announced a duo Melodic Chaotic in collaboration with DJ Fabrega. One song followed the other. The Intro came out first, followed by the Summer Fling. Willow even appeared on The Queen Latifah Show to perform Summer Fling.

The long-awaited debut EP 3 came out on November 17, 2014, via iTunes. To promote the EP, she held a concert in New York City, and she performed alongside SZA and her brother.

The following period was very productive for Willow. She released a new single F Q-C #7 in 2015 and shared a brand-new music video with her fans via Vevo. Finally, her debut album Ardipithecus came out on December 11, 2015.

Inspired by the work of the 1990s R&B singers, she released her second album The 1st on her birthday, October 31, 2017. The album tour was a huge success. Willow had the chance to go on tour with Jhene Aiko, Kitty Cash, Kodie Shane, and St. Beauty.

Smith is also active on television, where she hosts Red Table Talk, an online television talk show, along with her grandmother, mother, and Andrienne Banfield-Norris.

Willow decided to coproduce her third album with Tyler Cole. The album Willow came out on July 19, 2019.

Willow Smith: Who Has She Dated

Willow Smith is bisexual, which she clearly stated in June 2019. She also feels supportive of polyamorous relationships and hopes that she will end up in one.

Willow has been in relationships with:

Moises Arias (2014)

Tyler Cole (2018-2019)

In the News

Willow lives a very active and fulfilled life. She regularly appears in the media. One of the latest headlines was about her active role in challenging gender stereotypes. Not long ago, we found out that she joined Chanel’s star-studded board as, nonetheless, but an ambassador.

Willow also made the news when she addressed the issues of living a “famous child” life. In an interview, she admitted that she struggled with self-harm and talked about how terrible it is to deal with fame when you are only a child.

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