Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She and Will Smith Have Been Separated For 7 Years and Do NOT Live Together!
Jada Pinkett Smith, in a forthcoming NBC News prime-time special with the ever-probing Hoda Kotb, spills the beans on the real dynamics between her and the legendary, Will Smith. And let us tell you, it’s not quite the fairy tale everyone assumed.
A sneak peek of the episode, scheduled to air Oct. 13, witnessed Pinkett Smith sharing some untold chapters of her almost quarter-century-long marital saga with Smith. While we’ve all been applauding their enduring romance, behind closed doors, since 2016, the duo has been navigating “completely separate lives,” a shocking 19 years after they said, “I do.”
But wait, there’s more. For everyone hungry for the whole scoop, Pinkett Smith is soon releasing her memoir titled “Worthy” on Oct. 17. The book promises to give a deeper dive into the highs and lows of their relationship – from its budding moments to the current complexities.
In the pre-released special, Hoda Kotb couldn’t help but touch upon the revelations from “Worthy,” mentioning the aspects that left her most taken aback. Probing further about the nature of their relationship, Hoda gets the crystal-clear confirmation: Jada and Will, although bound by law, are no longer sailing the romantic seas together.
“It wasn’t a divorce on paper?” an inquisitive host asked, to which Pinkett Smith nodded, agreeing. The word “divorce” was reiterated, marking the emotional separation, even if not the legal one.
The burning question on everyone’s mind – why did they keep this under wraps? To this, Pinkett Smith candidly replied, “Just not being ready yet… Still trying to figure out between the two of us how to be in partnership… how do we present that to people? We hadn’t figured that out.”
But what led to this fissure in their relationship? Jada Pinkett Smith takes a deep breath before confessing, “By the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both kind of just still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.”
As for the question of an official divorce, Pinkett Smith admits having pondered it, but she’s held back due to a steadfast promise: “There will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through … whatever.”
Now, for those with sharp memories, the Will and Jada narrative isn’t devoid of other headline-grabbing moments. Remember the 2020 bombshell, the so-called “entanglement” of Pinkett Smith with singer August Alsina? Or the unforgettable 2022 Oscars moment when Smith’s protective instincts went into overdrive, resulting in him slapping Chris Rock post a joke on Pinkett Smith’s hairdo? Their story, both individually and together, has been nothing short of a roller coaster.
In the 2020 Red Table Talk episode, both opened up about their turbulent times. Smith had jokingly commented, “I was done with your ass.” Pinkett Smith shot back, “Yeah, you kicked me to the curb. We broke up.” Little did the world know, the reconciliation fans hoped for, never truly happened.
Adding to this Hollywood tale are their two star kids — Jaden, 24, and Willow, 21. Not to forget, Smith’s first-born, Trey, 29, from his prior marriage with Sheree Zampino.
“Worthy,” per Dey Street Books, takes readers through Pinkett Smith’s tumultuous journey, touching upon her bouts with suicidal depression and her empowering moments of self-revelation. The memoir also throws light on her close bond with the legendary Tupac Shakur, a friend from her high school days.
Hoda Kotb’s special with Pinkett Smith promises a heart-to-heart session as the duo takes a stroll down the lanes of Baltimore, Pinkett Smith’s hometown. Tune into today.com at 8 P.M. on Oct. 17 to catch real-time updates and unearth more about Hollywood’s most talked-about duo.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.