By Jacob Wittich
ONLY TWO YEARS AFTER CELEBRITY SPAWN Willow Smith released her party hit, Whip My Hair, the young star now seems suddenly grown up.
Willow recently released a new single, Sugar and Spice, and it’s got a totally different vibe from previous hits “Whip My Hair” and “Fireball.” The new song, sung over a beat that samples Radiohead’s Codex, has a much slower tempo and a heavy dose of melancholy.
“I tried to be sugar and spice, but I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right.
The monsters under my bed keep making noise at night.
I just want silence, silence. “
It’s hard to imagine what could be going on in young Willow’s life that would leave her feeling so depressed. Although, if I had to make any guesses, I might just say that the starlet is finally catching onto how here parents have sold her out.
“Inject my soul with darkness, and take my heart and go market it.”
Being famous and rich is all fun and games at first, but Willow’s been an eyewitness long enough to see the dark side.
According to the National Enquirer, a source says that Willow’s parents have caught wind of their kids’ bad behavior and are seeking to change it.
“Will and Jaden have done everything in their power to bring up strong, independent children, but now they feel that maybe they gave Willow and Jaden too much freedom,” the source said. “So together, the couple devised a ‘boot camp’ regimen to improve their kids’ behavior.”
It’s clear that something is bothering Willow, but maybe the young star only needs some time out of the spotlight — not a boot camp regimen — to “whip her into shape.”
While Willow’s blue mood may come as a surprise to many people, Willow has had a history of such sad emotions.
Early last year, Willow took to her tumblr page in a disturbing post that she titled “Being normal is ugly.”
In what can be viewed as a cry for help, Willow used the post to talk about drugs, suicide and mental illnesses, saying things such as “I live in my own hell,” “I think my thoughts are trying to murder me” and “I have so much anger swelling up inside of me.”
As sad as it may be, this pent-up anger seems to be a reality for the young girl. Last year, Willow was also photographed wearing a jacket that had “I Hate Everyone” written on the back.
I hope she finds the peace she needs to resume whipping her hair back and forth.
Jacob Wittich is pop music fanatic majoring in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.