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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Separation from Will Smith since 2016

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Jada Pinkett Smith Separation

Jada Pinkett Smith has disclosed in a recent discussion with Hoda Kotb that she and her spouse, Will Smith, have been leading “distinct individual lives” since 2016. Despite being a notable pair in Hollywood since their marriage in 1997, the Smiths had only vaguely referred to their marital issues in the past.

Pinkett Smith likened their current relationship status to a divorce in essence, though there hasn’t been an official legal dissolution. The couple has two children together, Jaden and Willow, and Will Smith also has a son, Trey, from his prior marriage.

Requests for remarks from the couple’s representatives were not immediately addressed.

Many were taken aback by this revelation, especially in light of Pinkett Smith’s openness on her “Red Table Talk” series. Here, both she and Smith had openly discussed an affair she had outside their marriage in a 2020 episode and Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars, following a jest about Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle. Smith’s act of confronting Rock onstage had become notorious.

The comprehensive interview is set to be broadcast as an NBC News prime-time feature on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, Pinkett Smith’s memoir titled “Worthy” will be released on Oct. 17, anticipated to delve deeper into their relationship and her early life in Baltimore.

In the interview, Pinkett Smith expressed her sentiment regarding their relationship, stating, “By 2016, the effort had left us drained. I believe we both remained ensnared in our idealized perceptions of the other.”

She conveyed that while she contemplated formal divorce, she has been unable to proceed with it. She asserted her commitment to their bond, mentioning, “I vowed that there would never exist a cause potent enough to seek divorce. We are committed to navigating all challenges.”

During a separate conversation with People Magazine, Pinkett Smith remarked on the incident at the Oscars. She had initially mistaken Smith’s action for a staged act. She recalled, “I couldn’t fathom Will having struck him. It was only when Will was returning to his seat that it dawned on me that it wasn’t staged.”

Following the altercation, Smith rendered multiple apologies. Consequently, he received a decade-long restriction from the Oscars and other academy-associated events.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jada Pinkett Smith Separation

When did Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith start leading separate lives?

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she and her spouse, Will Smith, have been leading distinct individual lives since 2016.

Were Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ever legally divorced?

No, they have not undergone a legal divorce. However, Jada Pinkett Smith described their relationship status as akin to a divorce in essence but without official paperwork.

How many children do Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have together?

The couple has two children together, Jaden and Willow.

Does Will Smith have children from a previous marriage?

Yes, Will Smith has a son named Trey from his prior marriage.

Was there an episode where Jada Pinkett Smith discussed an extramarital relationship on “Red Table Talk”?

Yes, both she and Smith had openly discussed an affair she had outside their marriage in a 2020 episode of “Red Table Talk”.

What happened between Will Smith and Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars?

During the 2022 Oscars, Chris Rock made a jest about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle. In response, Smith confronted Rock onstage, an act which became notorious.

Is Jada Pinkett Smith releasing any publications soon?

Yes, Pinkett Smith’s memoir titled “Worthy” is set to be released on Oct. 17. The memoir is anticipated to delve deeper into their relationship and her early life in Baltimore.

What was Pinkett Smith’s initial reaction to the Oscars altercation?

She had initially mistaken Smith’s action for a staged act, thinking it was part of a skit, and only realized its authenticity when Smith was returning to his seat.

What was the repercussion for Will Smith following the Oscars incident?

Following the altercation, Smith received a decade-long restriction from attending the Oscars and other academy-associated events.

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7 comments

Sarah G. October 12, 2023 - 4:14 am

Wait, Will and Jada have been separated since 2016? Why am I only finding out about this now…

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Jared H. October 12, 2023 - 8:20 am

Baltimore’s upbringing, huh? Didn’t know that bout Jada. Always interesting to learn about where celebs came from.

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Peter T. October 12, 2023 - 8:57 am

The Red Table Talk series is deep, always revealing stuff we dont know about celebs.

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Michael R. October 12, 2023 - 12:32 pm

kinda shocked to hear about Will and Jada’s separation. i thought they were like the perfect couple.

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Lacey M. October 12, 2023 - 5:02 pm

still cant believe that Oscar incident wasn’t a skit. i mean, who does that.

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Brandon L. October 12, 2023 - 10:16 pm

remember that Oscars thing with Chris Rock, was so awkward watching it live.

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Anna K. October 13, 2023 - 2:39 am

Looking forward to reading her memoir “Worthy”. Sounds like it’ll shed light on alot of things.

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