What Is Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship Like With Will Smith’s Ex Sheree Zampino?

Will Smith is one of the world’s biggest superstars, a Hollywood actor who first rose to fame as a rapper. Smith has cultivated a wholesome image throughout the course of his career, an image that has only occasionally been marred by negative headlines. Such as when he divorced his first wife, Sheree Zampino, and moved on rather quickly with Jada Pinkett Smith. In recent years, Pinkett Smith, herself an acclaimed actress, has been opening up about the difficult times she and Zampino went through in years past, and where their relationship stands today. 

Will Smith’s first wife is Sheree Zampino

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Born in 1968, Will Smith knew from an early age that he wanted to be a rapper. In the ’80s, he partnered with a friend of his, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the duo performed together in gigs all over the United States.

Will Smith received critical acclaim for his music and by the late eighties, he was a major star. Tax issues forced Will Smith to reconsider his next career move, and in the ’90s, he moved to television, starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a series created especially for him.

Not long after Smith became famous for his work in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he tied the knot with a woman named Sheree Zampino. They didn’t wait long to expand their family, welcoming a son named Trey Smith in November 1992.

Still, there was trouble in paradise, and the pressures of fame put a strain on Smith and Zampino’s new marriage. 

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In 1995, Will Smith and Sheree Zampino divorced. Their son Trey was only three years old at the time. Will Smith moved on, and in 1997, he married actress Jada Pinkett Smith, whom he had first met years prior when she auditioned for a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Unfortunately, there were some stressors in the union, mainly stemming from the tension between Zampino, Will Smith’s ex, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

In an episode of “Red Table Talk,” Jada Pinkett Smith and Sheree Zampino discussed their relationship as it was decades ago. “I didn’t understand divorce,” Smith said to Zampino. “I will say that I probably should have fell back.”

Both women admitted that things were “rough” between them for a while, and that Will Smith actually had to step in to diffuse the situation between Zampino and Jada Pinkett Smith. 

What is Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship like with Sheree Zampino today?

Ultimately, Jada Pinkett Smith found a way to get along with Zampino. In a 2018 episode of “Red Table Talk,” Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about the coping mechanisms that she used to get to a better place in her relationship with Zampino.

“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,” the actress admitted. “She did me a favor. But then 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.”

These days, Zampino and Jada Pinkett Smith are quite close and showing the world that the narrative of two women competing isn’t always the case. The two women are even cooking together for the holidays, and documenting the time together for “Red Table Talk.”

In the end, Zampino and Smith have their differences, and had to overcome a lot of tension and drama — but with the power of love, they have been able to create a large, happy, blended family.