AceShowbiz - Jada Pinkett Smith has clarified the status of her relationship with Will Smith. Weeks after shocking everyone by revealing that she and her husband have been separated since 2016, she has now confirmed their reconciliation.
At an event to promote her new memoir "Worthy", the actress revealed that she rekindled her romance with the Oscar winner following the incident at the 2022 Academy Awards. "This is where the media wants to clamp on something and spin it all around, and I get it. Yes, we were separated for 7 years ... UNTIL ... Oscars night!" she exclaimed, prompting audible cheers from the audience.
Jada previously revealed in an interview with Hoda Kotb that she and Will had been separated since 2016, but had no intention to divorce. "We got to a place where we had to go our separate ways in order to break from some of those more immature fantasies of what being married was about. And bear in mind, when we had that separation in 2016 the goal was to divorce, but divorce just didn't feel right for either of us. We don't know why. But here we are," she shared.
She also opened up about her reaction when Will defended her against Chris Rock's joke at the 2022 Oscars, claiming that the "Emancipation" actor hadn't called her his "wife" for a while before that night. "First of all, I'm really shocked, because mind you, I'm not there. We haven't called each other husband and wife in a long time. I'm like, 'What is going on right now? Keep my wife's name out of your mouth?' I'm really worried for Will because I don't know what's going on," she recalled.
Elsewhere in the interview, Jada said that she and Will are committed to restoring their "life partnership" and are "concentrating on healing." She stated, "We are working very hard at bringing our relationship, yes, bringing our relationship back together... back to a marriage again. Husband-wife marriage for me, for my healing process."
Will, in his part, declared his love for Jada in their first appearance together since her bombshell revelations. Joining his wife at the Enoch Pratt free Library in Baltimore, he said on stage, "As I stand here before you today, I am happier than I've ever been in my entire life. I have achieved every single thing I have ever wanted in my entire life. There is not one thing left that I desire in this world-all of the awards, all of the money, the family-everything I've ever dreamed."
He admitted that their relationship has been "very long and tumultuous" over the last 30 years. "We call it 'brutiful.' It was brutal and beautiful at the same time," he said, before adding, "Can you show up and love somebody for the rest of your life, even when you don't agree with them? Jada is the best friend I have ever had on this planet and I am going to show up for her and support her for the rest of my life."
August Alsina, however, will not let it slide after Jada downplayed their relationship as a quick fling which was "fizzling out" over time. "Nothing fizzled out, Jada broke it off and August was devastated," a friend of the R&B singer told Media Take Out, claiming that he plans to write his own tell-all book to share his side of the story.