After the now-famous Oscars incident, where he smacked comedian Chris Rock for calling Jada Pinkett Smith the butt of a joke, the spotlight was once again shone on Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s marriage this year. The event, however, overshadowed a moment earlier in the same ceremony when co-host Regina Hall seemed to make fun of the couple’s unusual marriage arrangement.
Even though Will and Jada were legally wed in 1997, persistent rumours that they were having an open marriage persisted for years afterward. When Regina Hall mentioned that Will was on her “list” of suitable bachelors and that Jada had “approved” it earlier this year at the Oscars event, it appeared like she was alluding to this.
Jada never supported traditional unions
In a 2021 GQ feature, Will first talked about their arrangement. “Jada never supported traditional unions… Jada had relatives that interacted in an unusual way. She therefore experienced childhood extremely differently from how I did. There have been extensive, never-ending arguments over what relationship perfection is. What is the ideal manner for a couple to communicate? And for the most of our relationship, we chose monogamy rather than considering it the sole form of perfect partnership, he added. “Believing that each person must choose their own path, we have granted each other freedom and trust. And our marriage cannot be a jail for us. Furthermore, I don’t recommend our path to anyone. This is not a route I advise anyone to take. The ultimate definition of love, in my opinion, is the experiences we’ve shared, the freedoms we’ve granted one another, and the unwavering support.
Rumours require consideration
Jada also discussed the rumors that they had an open relationship in 2013. In a Facebook post, she stated there are far more important topics to discuss in relation to what is going on in the world than whether or not I have an open marriage. she was bringing up this subject because conversations around her comment have given rise to a very significant problem that may require consideration. Do we really feel that loving someone entails possessing them? Do we consider ownership to be a motivating factor for “behaving”? Do we genuinely think that one can remain trustworthy and honest despite all the demands, restrictions, and implied threats .
Do we genuinely think we can connect with someone who hasn’t defined or lived by the integrity of his or her greater self? What about unrestricted love? Or does love function, feel, and seem like enslavement? Do we think that our safety increases with the amount of control we exert over others? Where are LOVE and TRUST?
Will and I can both achieve anything we want because we TRUST each other to do it, Jada said in her closing statement. This indicates that our relationship has developed rather than being open. In 2020, Jada talked about her “entanglement” with rapper August Alsina while inviting her spouse on her show Red Table Talk. Will stated, “From then, as time went on, I got into a new sort of entanglement with August. We decided that we were going to split for a period of time and you go find out how to make yourself happy and I’ll figure out how to make myself happy.” Jada agreed. Absolutely, there was a bond there. Jada admitted to People in 2020 that she had never wanted to be married. My mother, who is quite traditional, insisted that I be married, but Will wanted a family. I responded by saying, “Okay, maybe this is something I should do,” she added.
Several accounts after the slap claim that the pair is stronger than ever and that they are helping one another through the trying time, however Will had previously hinted to their unusual arrangement and claimed that he wouldn’t advocate it to others.