Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, have been living totally separate lives since 2016, according to an interview with Hoda Kotb. The famous Hollywood couple married in 1997 and have previously addressed divorce and marital problems, but never this openly.
The couple isn’t legally divorced, but they “live separately,” according to the actress in her new memoir, ‘Worthy,’ and in the video from an intimate conversation with Hoda Kotb that was broadcast on Wednesday’s ‘Today’ show.
Pinkett Smith stated that they had never before made their divorce official because they were not “ready yet.” Smith and Pinkett Smith have two daughters, Willow and Jaden, while Smith’s first marriage produced a son, Trey.
Both of them were still struggling to figure out, among the two of us, how to be in partnership, she told me. Since 1977, they have been together. According to Pinkett Smith, they aren’t legally separated. During the time she claims they have been away, their marriage has come under examination.
In July 2020, singer August Alsina disclosed that he had been romantically involved with Pinkett Smith, which she verified during an episode of “Red Table Talk” alongside her spouse.
I got involved with August, Pinkett Smith explained at the time, adding that the superstar couple was “going through an extremely difficult period when it happened.
Many were surprised by the announcement, given Pinkett Smith’s candor in her “Red Table Talk” series, in which she and Smith discussed her adulterous relationship in a 2020 episode, and the slap at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Smith infamously rushed up on stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock when Rock made an ironic comment about Pinkett Smith’s hair during the event.
Pinkett Smith on Smith Slap to Rock
In a new interview with People, Pinkett Smith discussed the encounter, which she, like many others, initially mistook for a funny exchange between the two guys.
I thought to myself, ‘This is a skit.’ ‘There’s no way Will could have hit him,’ she recalled. I didn’t know it wasn’t a skit until Will started walking back to his chair.
When they were alone, she questioned Smith, “Are you okay?” she told the newspaper.
On another Red Table Talk program in 2022, Pinkett Smith discussed at length her journey with alopecia after being told about it, which became part of the discourse in the aftermath of the Oscars slap.
During the conversation, she also expressed her deepest wish for Smith and Rock, saying, My biggest wish is that these two smart, capable men have a chance to recuperate, talk this out, and forgive.
Given the state of the world today, we require both, she continued. Until then, Will and I will keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years: working out this thing called life together. Thank you for your time.
Soon after the smack, she posted a brief statement on Instagram, writing, This is an opportunity for healing, and I’m here for it.
Smith has since apologized numerous times for slapping Rock, but he quit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has barred him from attending the Oscars and Academy events for the next ten years.
During their discussion, Pinkett Smith revealed that her marriage was shattered due to “a lot of things.”
I think by the time we got to 2016, we were both just tired of trying, Pinkett Smith explained. I guess we were both still locked in our fantasies of what the other person should be.
She said she “made a promise” to Smith that there would never be an excuse for them to divorce, and I just haven’t been able to keep that promise.
In her upcoming biography, “Worthy,” Pinkett Smith shares more about her marriage, career, and early life. The book will be available on October 17th.