- Will Smith is getting candid about his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith.
- The actor says “Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” as he opens up about their decision to do their bombshell Red Table Talk episode.
- In July 2020 the couple famously sat down and spoke about Jada’s relationship with R&B star August Alsina.
Will Smith is opening up about his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, one year after the Red Table Talk host sat down, admitting to her relationship with August Alsina while separated from Will.
The actor famously called the relationship with the R&B star an “entanglement” when she spoke to her husband of 24 years on the Facebook Watch series.
Now, the Bad Boys star says despite the meme of him looking unimpressed and what many people might have thought, he too had extramarital relationships – and the two decided to open up about their relationship publicly to “release from the shackles of fame and public scrutiny”.
In his new memoir, Will, he shares: “Our marriage wasn’t working. We could no longer pretend. We were both miserable and clearly something had to change.”
Further, in a candid interview with GQ’s Wesley Lowery, he explains: “Jada never believed in conventional marriage… Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”
He says: “We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”
He continues: “The public has a narrative that is impenetrable. Once the public decides something, it’s difficult to impossible to dislodge the pictures and ideas and perceptions,” before adding of that viral meme: “It was midnight and we were going on vacation the next day.
“It was like, no, no, no, guys, I’m not sad. I’m fucking exhausted.”