How Willow Smith Knows When Jada Pinkett Smith Is Upset With Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have been married since 1997. They have gone through their ups and downs, and they’ve learned a thing or two about communication. Their daughter, Willow Smith, revealed how she knows when Jada is upset with Will.

How Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith met

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith | Ron Wolfson/WireImage
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith | Ron Wolfson/WireImage

Will and Jada met during a taping of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada, who was about 19 years old at the time, auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend. She didn’t get the role because the producers said she was too short for the part.

Will says he saw Jada when she came for the audition and he immediately asked his co-star, Alfonso Ribeiro, who she was. The Bad Boys star says he knew right away Jada was the one for him. “I knew there was something in our energy that would be magic,” he says during Red Table Talk.

How Willow Smith knows Jada Pinkett Smith is upset with Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the BET Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the BET Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jada says she and Will try not to yell at each other or use expletives. “We were very conscious of not raising our voices and tried not to curse at each other,” she says.

Willow adds she knows Jada is upset whenever she starts to get very quiet. She says she recognizes this as a sign that things are about to get tense between her and Will. “I would be like, ‘Ooh, OK, they’re really getting into it, now,” says Willow.

Jada says during Red Table Talk that she and Will decided early on in their relationship they wouldn’t yell at each other or curse. Will says he told Jada during the early years of their relationship that if she cursed at him or got aggressive, he would break up with her. He explained that he came from a violent household and he didn’t want to create a similar environment for his children.

“It was 20 years before we used profanity in any conversation that we had,” says Will. “We never raised our voices. We took communications courses, all of that. We never had violence.” Jada says they couldn’t afford to get loud and start cursing at each other because things would have gotten “ugly” between them.

Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’ with Matthew McConaughey

During his Red Table Talk interview with Jada, Matthew McConaughey says he knows he’s reached a boiling point when he begins to raise his voice during an argument with his wife, Camila Alves. That’s when he knows it’s time for him to take a step back and cool off.

McConaughey says his parents were a very “passionate” couple and they would have violent fights. He doesn’t want to repeat those patterns with Alves. Over the years, McConaughey says he learned how to quickly identify when he’s reaching a point where things could get out of hand.

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