Many fans are aware that actor Will Smith has been married to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for over 20 years now. However, before the two of them started dating, Smith was actually married to someone else. Smith and his ex wife even have a son together.
This would no doubt be a bit of a complicated situation for anyone to handle, so how does Pinkett Smith feel about Smith’s ex wife? Do the two women get along? Here’s what we know.
Who is Will Smith’s ex wife?
Early on in his career, Smith began dating actress Sheree Zampino. The two of them got married in 1992 and welcomed a son named Willard “Trey” Smith III later that year.
However, while Smith was finding more and more success with his career, his marriage to Zampino would prove to not be as successful. They ended up divorcing in 1995.
Zampino once explained their breakup in a Facebook video, saying: “Our marriage ended because we were so young… It’s just a lot of responsibility. Marriage is not easy. Especially at that age.”
When did Will Smith marry Jada Pinkett Smith?
Fortunately for Smith, his second marriage ended up being a lot more enduring. He married Pinkett Smith in 1997. The couple has two children: Jaden (b. 1998) and Willow (b. 2000).
Zampino found love after Smith as well. She tied the knot with former NFL player Terrell Fletcher in 2007. However, the two of them divorced in 2014.
Does Pinkett Smith get along with Zampino?
Having a good relationship with a partner’s ex is no easy feat, and Pinkett Smith also admitted things were difficult for her in the beginning. However, she had to learn how to undo her original thought process and find ways to look at Zampino positively.
In an episode of her show Red Table Talk in November 2018, Pinkett Smith shared: “One of the coping mechanisms with me with Sheree was really, like, ‘Hey, she gifted me.’ She really did. She gifted me. I started to put that into my psychology. She’s not an enemy. She did me a favor.”
Additionally, Pinkett Smith realized that in order for her to bond with Smith’s son, Trey, she had to accept Zampino into her life as well.
“On top of that I had to go into an even deeper psychology of, ‘She’s Trey’s mother,’ as my relationship with Trey deepened,” Pinkett Smith added.
The two women seem to be getting along well these days, and Pinkett Smith even invited Zampino onto her show for its debut episode. There, Pinkett Smith and Zampino revealed they used to be at odds with each other, but co-parenting Trey brought them closer together.
Zampino shared: “So Trey comes home, and I said, “How did you like Miss Jada?” He said, “I really like her Mommy.” Thank you for loving my baby. I’ll tell you, on this side of things, my son could not have a better bonus mom.”
“And he’s got a great mother,” Pinkett Smith said.