Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, a surprising couple and a shocking face-to-face on TV before the slap: “Marriage cannot be a prison”

Jada Pinkett and Will Smith’s face-to-face dialogue about her relationship with rapper August Alsina
The slap that Will Smith gave Chris Rock in the middle of the ceremony It will be remembered as one of the most unusual moments in the history of the Oscars. It was the actor’s reaction in defense of the honor of his wife who had been the victim of a Rock mocking joke.

The incident adds a new chapter to the particular story of Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who are an unconventional couple, even by Hollywood standards.

is that not only They have had an open relationship for years in which they are allowed to have sex with other people but have had no problem publicly discussing the issue both in individual and joint interviews that they have had with the press.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been married for 24 years and have an open marriage

Will met Jade when he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” A few years later, they started dating and got married in December 1997. They have spent more than two decades together, but the relationship has not been without drama and quirks. In 2013, Pinkett confessed that her marriage was open. “I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look in the mirror and be okay.‘”, said. “I am here as your partner. He has to decide who he wants to be and that’s not up to me. And vice versa”.

The “entanglement” with Alsina

In 2020, the rapper August Alsina revealed that he had had an affair with Jada with the actor’s permission. Alsina assured that Will had given him “permission” to have an affair with his wife. Before the cameras, the actor acknowledged that he knew about Jada’s affair, but publicly denied having approved the romance between his wife and his son’s friend.

Jada, for her part, accepted that she had had a romantic entanglement with Alsina whom he met in 2015 through his son Jaden. “The only person who can give permission in that circumstance is me,” she insisted.

Needless to the frank, face-to-face talk he had later with his wife about it, Smith reflected: “The search for the truth is the only way to be happy in this life. And we agreed that authenticity was liberation from the shackles of fame and public scrutiny.”.

in your program “Red Table Talk” of Facebook, Pinkett and Smith spoke face to face and in front of the cameras of the matter.

Jada Smith and rapper August Alsina, with whom she had an affair
Jada Smith and rapper August Alsina, with whom she had an affair

Will took control of the situation and led her through the conversation, which turned into a public confessional that they both seemed to be enjoying.

“I think you should be clear about what happened,” Will told her. “About what?”, she began to evade, then he began to guide her: “We decided that we were going to give each other our space… and what happened?” “Yeah, and then I got into it with August,” Jada finally admitted.

“A mess?” he replied between laughs. “Yes, she answered”, still without wanting to expand. “A relationship…” Will qualified.

From there, things started to unravel. In a frank chat, the actors told for the first time that about 5 years ago they ended their relationship. “I really thought we were never going to talk to each other again, I felt like it was over,” he told her, still surprised by how they had managed to reconcile. “We had definitely broken up,” she added. And she began to tell how she “got involved” with Alsina: “4 and a half or 4 years ago I started a friendship with August. In fact we became very very friends. It all started because he needed help. I wanted to help him with his health, with his mental state. And I was also in a lot of pain, I felt destroyed and in the process of that relationship I realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself.”

What I remember is that when August showed up, he was very sick,” Will interrupted her. “And I was sick of your ass,” he added.

“And then what did you do, jada?” The actor guided her again in her story. “As time went on, I got into a different kind of mess with August. I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I didn’t feel well. And it was a joy to help heal someone.”

With the weight of the “confession” out of the picture, Will and Jada continued to look into each other’s eyes and remember how they managed to put their marriage back together. They did not give details, but they did emphasize that they have been together for more than 20 years and that they plan to stay together for a long time.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, at the Vanity Fair party after the scandal at the Oscars ceremony. (REUTERS / Danny Moloshok)
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, at the Vanity Fair party after the scandal at the Oscars ceremony. (REUTERS / Danny Moloshok)

In his new autobiographical book “Will”, the actor offered more details about his relationship with Jada, with whom he has two children, Jaden and Willow. “Marriage for us cannot be a prison.”, he expressed frankly. And he admitted that although it was initially monogamous, then they decided to open it to continue together. “We could no longer pretend. We were both miserable and clearly something had to change.”.

“Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” the actor explained. “For much of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only way to relate. We have given ourselves confidence and freedom, with the conviction that everyone has to find their own way”, he detailed. Far from making this revelation to show the cracks in her marriage, Will wanted to show that his love story with Jada is becoming stronger thanks to working as a couple: “I do not suggest our path to anyone. But the experiences of the freedoms we’ve given each other and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

Smith’s Fantasies

Another of the revelations that the actor made to GQ magazine was that he fantasized about having an affair with the actress. Halle Berry and the dancer Misty Copeland. He said he used to dream of having a star-studded “bridal harem.” “I don’t know where I saw it or if it was an idea from when I was a teenager, but traveling with 20 women that I loved and cared for and all that, it seemed like a great idea,” he launched.

Will turned to Michaela Boehm, a relationship expert, who helped him understand that thinking about other women while married is normal. “What she was doing was freeing my mind, making it clear to me that it’s okay to be myself and letting me be myself. It doesn’t make me a bad person to be married and think that Halle is a beautiful woman. With my Christian upbringing, even thoughts were sins.”.

Will and Jada, upon entering the Oscar ceremony
Will and Jada, upon entering the Oscar ceremony

His first wife was Sheree Zampino They met in 1991 through a mutual friend. At the time, Smith was starring in the series that brought him worldwide fame. She was immersed in the world of fashion. Both were quickly crushed, so they decided to marry on May 9, 1992. That same year, on November 11, the couple welcomed Willard Smith III, better known as Trey; he inspired and starred in the video for the song “Just the Two of Us,” which the actor released in the mid-1990s.

It was all over between them in one night. “It was one of the strangest emotions I’ve ever had. We were eating at a restaurant in New York and I remember having to get up in the middle of dinner when I realized I wasn’t with the person I was supposed to be with.” In 1995, he realized that he was not happy with Zampino.

“I don’t think anything has affected me as much as divorcing the mother of my two-year-old son. I broke up and found that if a man is not a great husband, he loses his parental rights,” Will acknowledged on Red Table Talk. And he added: “Divorce has been the biggest of my failures.”

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, a surprising couple and a shocking face-to-face on TV before the slap: “Marriage cannot be a prison”