Will Smith Says His Marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith Was on the Rocks

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images

When you see Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on the red carpet, one of the first things that might come to mind is how in love they look and how perfect their marriage must be. However, looks can be deceiving. During an interview for Jada’s Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, Will gets candid about some of the troubles he and his wife have had over the years. Will admits the couple had some low points in their marriage.

A dark period

Will told his daughter, Willow, about the dark period he and her mom weathered. “There was a period where Mommy woke up and cried 45 days straight,” Will said in a clip for the full episode. “I started keeping a diary. It was every morning. I think that’s the worst I’ve ever felt in our marriage. I was failing miserably, he says.”

Redefining their relationship

Although Will and Jada had a rocky time in their relationship, they’ve both made it clear that they’re not going to get divorced. As far as they’re concerned, they are in their relationship for life. Earlier in 2018, Will said he stopped referring to his relationship with Jada as a marriage:

We don’t even say we’re married anymore,” he said on TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast. “We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. There’s no deal breakers. There’s nothing she could do — ever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.

The test of time

Jada wholeheartedly agrees with Will’s view of their union. During a Sway in the Morning radio interview, she said she has no plans to leave Will and that they are in a life partnership for the long haul. “Here’s the thing about Will and I — [we] are family. That is never going down. It’s just not. Ever,” said Jada. “We are family. Take out all that whole marriage/relationship crap, at the end of the day, Will and I are family. I am going to hold him down, doesn’t matter.”

A rare Hollywood couple

Will and Jada are among a rare group of Hollywood couples who have been together for a long time. Many famous couples don’t last very long, but this pair has managed to hang in there, demonstrating an unusual staying power. The duo has managed to stay together after more than 20 years of marriage. Their secret? According to The Sun, Will Smith says one way they have kept the love alive is by seeking marriage counseling. The couple is also rumored to have an open relationship.

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