Jada Pinkett Smith Forbids Will Smith From Ever Running for President; ‘Oh, Hell No’

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are well-known for their unique marriage, which they call a union. They refer to each other as “life partners,” and Will has said on multiple occasions that there is nothing Jada could do that would break up their relationship. She even had an “entanglement” (relationship) with another man, August Alsina, but the couple worked through the affair. So, it may come as a surprise that Jada adamantly refuses to let Will run for President of the United States.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Will Smith has said multiple times he believes he would run for President

Since the age of 26, Smith joked that he would be interested in becoming President. At that time, he had blossomed as a rap duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff, a TV star with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and starred in several box office hit films. 

“Give me 10 years, and I’ll make it,” Smith told Variety at the time, “provided I can squeeze in an NBA championship before that.”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

He has since given up on his basketball career, but he hasn’t backed down about the political one. 

“As I look at the political landscape, I think that there might be a future out there for me,” Smith said 10 years later. 

When Donald Trump was the Republican Presidential candidate, the Hollywood actor seriously considered running against him.

“If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” Smith told CBS Sunday Morning.

Jada Pinkett Smith does not want Will to go into politics 

There is one thing holding Will Smith back from running for office: his wife, Jada. 

“I told him that there’s no way he can run for President because nobody wants me as the First Lady,” Jada said.

Will explained why he could see himself moving into politics while he was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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“I definitely have had the itching; I have lots of views and ideas,” Will explained that he does get the desire to run for the presidency. “Sometimes, I hear people say things on television, and I want to run against them.”

Then, Will reiterated his wife’s thoughts on the matter.

“My wife has said on numerous occasions, ‘Hell, no,'” the actor admitted. “I’m not sure what she means by that, but that is what she said.”

If nothing else, Smith might portray President Barack Obama in a biopic

Since politics is off the table for Smith, he would consider playing the role of the 44th president, Barack Obama, in a movie. Colbert commented that the actor would be great at it.

Trey Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jaden Smith
Trey Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jaden Smith | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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“We have talked about it a couple of times,” Smith admitted during the interview.

The talk show host was shocked that Smith discussed this topic with President Obama.

“Me and B was hollering about it the other day,” Smith joked. “He said the one thing is for sure; I have the ears to play him.”