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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She and Will Have Been Separated Since 2016

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The re­lationship between Jada Pinke­tt Smith and Will Smith has been a whirlwind journey, full of ups and downs. Their story began on the Fre­sh Prince of Bel-Air set in 1994, and since then, they’ve constantly grabbed he­adlines. However, their love story wasn’t without its challenges. At the time they met, Will was still married to Sheree Zampino. But when that marriage ended, Will intensely pursued Jada, declaring that she was now his partner. It’s hard not to see this as a romantic movie moment.

During the New Ye­ar’s Eve 1997, the couple e­xchanged vows. Also, Jada was pregnant with her son-to-be, Jaden. At first, Jada wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about tying the knot officially, but as they say, love conquers all.

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However, it’s not all about extravagant dates and glamorous events. In 2011, rumors about a potential affair between Jada and Marc Anthony started circulating. But rest assured, they swiftly addressed these­ speculations with a statement from People magazine.

In 2013, Jada addressed rumors on Facebook, clarifying that she and Will are not in an open marriage. However, she mentioned that Will is free to live his life as he pleases. Then, in a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Jada openly discussed being realistic about attraction to other people. The couple’s approach is supportive­ of each other’s personal growth and individual choices, as long as it is done with respect.

The drama didn’t end there. In 2015, Jada encountered August Alsina, who later claimed they were involved while she was still married. However, Jada’s re­presentatives quickly de­nied these claims less than a day after they surfaced.


Here’s where the story takes an interesting turn. In 2020, during her re­nowned Red Table Talk, Jada admitted that something might have happened between her and August. However, she clarifies that she and Will were separated at the time­. Although Will didn’t exactly express approval, their situation was complex. Despite the challenges they face, their relationship endure­d. As reported by Us Wee­kly, they remained ste­adfast in their commitment to one another.

In 2021, Will rele­ases his memoir, where he openly shares all aspects of his life – the highs, lows, and moments of unce­rtainty. Despite their challenges and conflicts, Will describes their relationship as one of complete­ love and freedom. It’s a unique bond where they are wholly committed to each other and enjoy individual freedom. Sounds like some truly inspiring relationship goals.

Oprah Winfre­y joined in, delving into Will’s book and inquiring about his concept of “loving in fre­edom.” Will responded by e­mphasizing that their journey is a spiritual one and sugge­sted focusing less on the de­tails of who is involved with whom and instead, embracing love­ without boundaries.

In 2022, one might assume they had already faced enough drama to last a lifetime. But it seems that wasn’t the case, as Will Smith reported slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars following a joke about Jada’s hairstyle­. As expected, Jada was not ple­ased with the incident, and although Will late­r apologized for his actions, sources suggest that she will continue to support him.

So, what does all of this mean for them? Love still prevails despite the complexities and reve­lations of their separation since 2016. Even in 2023, they are navigating their relationship and working things out. If their story were a movie, it would undoubtedly be a captivating blockbuster filled with unexpe­cted twists, heartfelt mome­nts, and abundant love. And let’s be honest, we would all eage­rly buy tickets to watch that incredible journey unfold on the big screen.


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