- Will Smith opened up about his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith in a new interview with GQ.
- He said they chose to be monogamous “for the better part of our relationship.”
- Smith added that “marriage for us cannot be a prison” and that both have “confidence and freedom”.
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Will Smith has spoken candidly in a new interview about the decision he and Jada Pinkett Smith made at some point in their marriage not to practice monogamy.
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage… Jada had family members who had unconventional relationships,” Smith, 53, said in an interview for GQ’s November cover. “So she grew up in a very different way than I grew up.
“There have been endless important discussions about what relationship perfection is? What’s the best way to interact as a couple? Smith continued. “And for much of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection. “
Smith and Pinkett Smith married in December 1997 and went on to have two children: a son, Jaden Smith, and a daughter, Willow Smith, born in 1998 and 2000. Throughout their marriage, they talked about how their relationship went. evolved and why they no longer refer to each other as being married.
Smith and Pinkett Smith, a star of the 2017 film “Girls Trip,” also revealed details of their relationship on “Red Table Talk,” the Facebook Watch talk show hosted by Pinkett Smith.
In an episode released in July 2020, Pinkett Smith sat down with her husband for a candid conversation about her “entanglement” with R&B singer August Alsina.
Pinkett Smith said she and Alsina had a relationship that started a few years earlier, as she and Smith “were going through a rough patch” and went their separate ways. The actress said that she and Smith “were amicably separated” and that Alsina was “not a devastator”.
Towards the end of the episode, Smith said that he and Pinkett Smith had “truly arrived at this new place of unconditional love.” The stars also hinted at Smith having a relationship outside of their marriage, but did not elaborate.
“There’s a real power in knowing that someone is riding with you no matter what, and you really can’t know until you’ve been through certain things,” Smith said, adding: “ I’ll take you back first, then- ”
“Are you going to get me back?” Said Pinkett Smith. “I think you got me back. I think we’re good at this, okay?
They laughed before Smith said, “OK, that’s probably true. “
In his new interview with GQ, Smith said that while this unique dynamic worked for them, he wouldn’t recommend it to others.
“We have given each other confidence and freedom, with the conviction that everyone must find their own path,” he said. “And marriage for us cannot be a prison. And I don’t suggest our route to anyone. I am not suggesting this route to anyone. But the experiences that the freedoms we have given ourselves and the unconditional support, for me, is the highest definition of love. “
Smith’s interviewer, Wesley Lowery, wrote in his GQ profile that the actor had “delicately explained” to him that Pinkett Smith was not “the only one having other sex.” Lowery said he felt Smith wanted to say more but decided not to when they spoke weeks later.
“It might sound hard to believe, but I would lose sleep if I didn’t give you the answer I know you could use,” Smith told Lowery. “I want to help you, I want you to be successful, I want you to have a title. But in the same way, I don’t want to face the backlash of this in the world. “
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