Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she and Will Smith have been separated since 2016


Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been leading “completely separate lives” since 2016, according to Pinkett Smith.

Pinkett Smith said that the reason the couple had not previously announced their split publicly was because they were not “ready yet” in a clip from her upcoming NBC News primetime special featuring Hoda Kotb.

She said that the two of them were “still trying to figure out how to be in partnership.”

She asked Kotb, “How do we present that to people?” “We hadn’t deduced that.”

Since 1997, Pinkett Smith, 52, and Smith, 55, have been married. According to Pinkett Smith, they are not officially divorced.

She claims that throughout the time they have been separated, their marriage has been under investigation.

Singer August Alsina disclosed in July 2020 that he had dated Pinkett Smith. Smith affirmed this at an episode of “Red Table Talk” alongside her spouse.

Pinkett Smith admitted at the time, “I got into an entanglement with August,” adding that the famous couple “were going through a very difficult time” at the time.

The Oscars slap followed.

Smith stormed the stage at the 2022 Academy Awards, slapping presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about Pinkett Smith’s baldness. Her hair is falling off because of alopecia.

Pinkett Smith discussed the event in a recent interview with People, saying that, like many others, she initially believed it to be a humorous exchange between the two men.

“I realized that this was a skit. “I thought there was no way Will could have hit him,” she recounted. “I didn’t even realize it wasn’t a skit until Will started to walk back to his chair.”

She said to the publication that she questioned Smith, “Are you okay?” as soon as they were alone.

Pinkett Smith stated to Kotb during their interview that “a lot of things” caused the marriage to fail.

Pinkett Smith remarked, “I think by the time we got to 2016, we were both just tired of trying.” “I believe that we were both somewhat mired in our idealized conceptions of what we believed the other person ought to be.”

She claimed she “made a promise” that she and Smith would never get divorced, and she “hasn’t been able to break that promise.”

In her upcoming memoir, “Worthy,” Pinkett Smith shares more details about her marriage, professional background, and early years. It comes out on October 17.

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