Will Smith Feels Pressure to Make His Marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith Work, Source Says
There have been whispers and rumors about the details of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s marriage for years. Previously, the pair have remained quiet about the intricacies of their life. However, after getting on Instagram and with Pinkett Smith launching her talk show, Red Table Talk, their lives have been thrust into the spotlight.
Things recently came to a head when singer August Alsina revealed that he was in a relationship with the Girls Trip actor for some time. The Smiths went on Red Table Talk and confirmed Pinkett Smith’s “entanglement” with Alsina. They both said they’d moved on from the incident and they even joked that they were in a “bad marriage for life.”
Though the duo did not confirm rumors about their “open marraige” they do seem to share an affection over romantic love. In fact, a source says The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor feels pressure to remain married to the Jason’s Lyric actor.
Jada Pinkett Smith never wanted to marry Will Smith
Pinkett Smith has been vocal about never wanting to marry Smith or anyone else for that matter.
“I knew that I was not built for conventional marriage,” she revealed to The Guardian. “Even the word ‘wife’: it’s a golden cage, swallow the key. Even before I was married, I was like, ‘That’ll kill me.’ And it d*mn near did!”
After going through a rough patch in her marraige, the A Different World actor realized she was craving freedom. “I just felt like, I needed more freedom,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, “And freedom in the sense of like … the public wants you to be a certain way, your family needs you in a certain way, your partner needs you to be something. And for me, that just was never … I’m really a free spirit at heart, I really am. And I always have been. And I just felt like my life had got constricted into this little box and it was strangling me, basically.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith use the word partnership instead of marraige
These days, the pair consider themselves to be in a partnership over a romantic marraige — this is something Alsina alluded to when he revealed his relationship with Pinkett Smith.
“Will is my life partner and I could not ask for a better one. I adore him, I never want people to think it was Will I didn’t want to marry,” Pinkett Smith told The Guardian. “But I can assure you that some of the most powerful women in the world feel caged and tied, because of the sacrifices they have to make to be in that position. So I wanted to talk about how we really feel about marriage.”
On Red Table Talk the Smiths said, “We ride together, we die together, bad marriage for life.”
Will Smith feels pressure to stay with Jada Pinkett Smith
Different things work for different people, but one source says, Smith feels pressure to stay with Pinkett Smith because of the longevity and high-profile nature of their marriage.
“They’re two different people trying to make it, and on top of it there’s this huge spotlight on them,” an insider told People. “People are always going to grow and change, but most don’t have the world watching their every move while they do that.”
“Because I had been divorced before, I wasn’t getting divorced again. Divorce wasn’t an option,” Smith explained on a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk. “I was devastated even worse than a divorce. We broke up within our marriage and got back together again. We had to rebuild with new rules and something way, completely different.”
Still despite the “unconventional” nature of their marriage, it works for them.