Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 2016 Separation Revealed in Exclusive Interview

Unexpected tensions flare at star-studded Oscar event

by Nouman Rasool
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 2016 Separation Revealed in Exclusive Interview
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n a candid new interview, Jada Pinkett Smith recently disclosed that she and her superstar husband, Will Smith, have been leading separate lives since 2016. Despite the long duration of their separation, the Hollywood power couple remained mum on the subject until now.

Pinkett Smith shared with NBC that the decision to separate arose from a sheer feeling of exhaustion from trying to conform to each other's idealized versions. Now 52, Pinkett Smith has been adamant about one thing: divorce is not on the table.

Both she and Will, aged 55, had earlier committed to each other that divorce would never be an option, a promise she still holds dear. "We were trapped in our own perceptions of what we believed the other should embody," Pinkett Smith expressed.

This revealing interview surfaces just before the launch of her forthcoming memoir, "Worthy."

Oscar Clash Over Alopecia Remark

The celebrity duo was thrust into the limelight during the last Oscar ceremony when Will Smith confronted host Chris Rock on stage.

The altercation was in response to a comment Rock made about Pinkett Smith's baldness, stemming from her battle with alopecia. Initially, Pinkett Smith assumed it was a scripted jest, commenting to People, "I was taken aback when I grasped it wasn't part of a sketch." While she remains supportive of her husband, she acknowledged his need to personally come to terms with the incident.

The Smiths' marital dynamics gained attention back in 2020 on Pinkett Smith's Facebook show, "Red Table Talk." Here, she unveiled her "entanglement" with singer August Alsina, sparking numerous discussions. The iconic couple's romance began in the mid-'90s when Pinkett Smith auditioned for the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", led by Smith.

The two tied the knot in 1997, and their union blessed them with two talented children, Jaden and Willow Smith. Additionally, Will Smith has a son, Trey, from his previous marriage to Sheree Zampino.

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