Willow Smith Already Brushing Off Critics, Defending Tongue Ring

By Miranda Johnson

Willow Smith is getting a taste of the downside of celebrity life, but the 11-year-old is already speaking out against her critics telling them she absolutely loves who she is and she will surely continue expressing herself as she sees fit.

Smith recently chatted with Michael Yo covering every topic from her music, her new buzz cut, and even the issue of her sporting a fake tongue ring. When asked about the scrutiny she frequently faces, the singer responded, “The thing is that if I know what’s true in my heart and my soul, then what people say can’t shape that. I can say, “I don’t have a fake tongue ring,” and they’ll be like, “aw, she covered it up!”

People have their own thing regardless. And, that is totally okay with me. If you don’t like me, if you like me; both are equally cool. I send love and positive energy to all those people in their lives. I hope they find where they’re meant to be but it’s kind of like don’t come here with that.”

Later when the topic of her new “I Am Me” single came about, Willow again expressed how comfortable she is with her style but added how frustrating it is to not be awarded the same respect of individualism as all other kids. “Grown ups [have] children and they say “you can be whatever you want to be.”  And then they go on my Instagram and comment, ‘How can your parents let you go out looking like that?’ Telling me that I can’t do what I want to do. When I’m someone’s child. You’re telling your kid they can be this but telling me I can’t be that.”

Willow definitely has a point there!