Will Smith is one of the most beloved figures in Hollywood. The actor has participated in multi-million dollar films and over the years has made a real effort to be viewed with respect in the world of acting with titles such as The Hidden Truth – 61% or In Search of Happiness – 67%. For her part, Jada Pinkett Smith has a less flashy career, but just as stable with jobs in Gotham – 90% and Girls Trip – 89%. Although the two interpreters have been married for more than twenty years, their relationship has long been a topic of conversation.
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Last year, the actress had a public talk with Will Smith about the extramarital affair she had with the rapper August alsina. The musician had previously made statements, but the actress had repeatedly denied his comments. Finally, Pinkett Smith was encouraged to put the matter on the table in his program Red Table Talk, where he has also discussed issues such as sexuality and depression with his mother and daughter Willow Smith. During their talk, both of them clarified their perspectives on marriage and on finding the best way to be happy and satisfied within their relationship.
Although the idea was that this talk would serve to analyze the complexities of marriage, most of the audience was left with the idea that Pinkett Smith was a bastard who had cheated on the sweet Prince of Rap. Social networks were filled with memes, aggressions and comparisons where the actress from Matrix: Revolutions – 36% ended up on the ground and Smith was flattered for his loyalty and his intention to forgive his wife. However, now there are more details about his intimate life that make it very clear that people are talking ahead of time.
Will Smith will publish an autobiography called Will in November of this year and among many of the issues that he deals with is his marriage. In a chapter (via Variety) the actor reveals that his wife is not the only one who has had encounters outside of marriage, because at some point both decided to have an open relationship. Smith explains that it was all a process, and that somehow it happened for years and years in which Jada endured certain attitudes and pressures from the actor. For example, the actress did not want a conventional wedding, but Smith pressed her until she agreed:
[La boda] it would be the first of many concessions Jada would make over the years that painfully denied her own values.
Smith also explains that after a while he wanted to move into a house that she did not want; He insisted until she accepted. These types of actions caused the tension to build up for years.
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Everything exploded during the actress’s 40th birthday. To celebrate it, Will Smith He had a documentary made about the life and roots of his wife that he presented in front of all the guests. Already in private, Jada told him that the act had seemed something very selfish and both began to argue so loudly that Willow, who was then 10 years old, entered her room crying and asking for them to stop fighting. Neither was happy in the marriage. In a recent interview for GQ, where he promotes the book, Smith explained how they solved things and it was all from taking into account the way in which Jada pinkett smith perceived the idea of marriage:
She grew up in a very different way than I did. There were endless discussions about what is the perfect relationship like? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for much of our relationship we choose monogamy, not thinking of monogamy as the only perfect way to run the relationship. We have given each other confidence and freedom, with the belief that everyone must find their own way. And for us, marriage could not be a prison.
That said, the actor clarified that his system doesn’t necessarily work for all couples:
And I do not recommend this route to anyone. But the experiences of the freedoms we’ve given each other and the unconditional support, for me, is the highest definition of love.
Will Smith He also explains that they decided to make the whole thing public on the show Jada pinkett smith in an attempt to change the narrative that was becoming popular among the media and fans of the actor. However, Smith knows how difficult it is for the public to see it differently and assures that once an opinion is formed it is difficult to change it, either for better or for worse.
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