Jaden Smith Is Struggling With Anxiety During Pandemic: I’m Just Stressed About Everything
In a recent interview,artist and entrepreneur Jaden Smith, 22, says that he never knew what anxiety was until recently,
“The anxiety is going through the roof for everybody, and it’s crazy – And I never really knew what anxiety was until recently, either.”
The singer explains that he is stressed out about everything.
“I’m just stressed about everything, and it’s really crazy, It doesn’t happen to me too much, but when it does, it happens. It’s very strong … Sometimes it’s work-related, and then sometimes, you can really see that it’s that true, genuine anxiety, where it’s just like anything and everything.”
He shares that isolation, due to the world being on quarantine, brings us face to face with our thoughts, and that it’s too much to handle for some people.
“We’re all being aware of the different mental health issues in the world right now, because we’re all being isolated with ourselves, so we are very much so being confronted with our thoughts, some people are okay with that, and some people aren’t.”
When discussing his professional life, he says that his sister Willow, inspired him to drop “Smith” from his name and just got by ‘Jaden,’ allowing him to separate the artist from the businessman,
“I realized that Willow changed her name to Willow at some point in time. And that she was no longer Willow Smith. Yeah, it took me a while. It took me a while. Because if you look Willow Smith up, it’ll still come up. But then it took me a while to see that it was just Willow. And I was like, ‘Yo. That’s so strong.’ You feel like you don’t have to say your last name. You’re just Willow.”
“I create different characters for myself… and it’s like, Jaden, that’s music, and Jaden Smith, that’s 501(c)(3) [and] that’s acting in movies,” he said. “I wanted to just make that little distinction there, just a little bit.”
With a new single “Cabin Fever,” and album, Cool Tape Volume 3 on the way, Jaden just wants to make music that will make his fans happy.
“I’m just trying to make the kids happy right now, man. That’s it, I’m just trying to give them a little something something.”
Admitting that recording during the pandemic was a challenge he explains,
“You can’t get into the studio with anybody, you can’t even get into the studio at all. So I have to record being inside of my house, and the engineer has to engineer me from his house, and he’ll use this app to control my computer,” Jaden recalled. “But it’s happening, and we’re figuring it out and we’re just rolling with it in whatever it is, just to make it happen.”
“I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up of when and say, ‘Oh, it’s coming out of this time,’ and then missing the deadlines, but I’m going to try to release it while it’s still summer. I’m going to try to release the album within the summertime. It’ll fit there really nicely.”
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