Willard Carroll “Will” Smith, Jr. and Jada Koren Pinkett-Smith have spent the past 18 years as husband and wife. Together they have established the reputation as one of Hollywood’s most solid couples. To the surprise of many, Will recently spoke out during an interview to discuss the death of his marriage. He admitted within their highly celebrated union the couple, just as so many others, has experienced some rocky seasons.
The Focus actor said there have been times when their marriage has died at points. Instead of giving up on each other, they instead found new ways to make things work. According to the rapper, as opposed to calling it quits, couples have to be willing to ride the waves because there will be stormy days and flat days and it is okay. The Pursuit of Happyness actor added:
Whatever you have will die and you have to rebirth something new.
Even among rumors that they were headed for divorce, Jada said their marriage is stronger than ever. She credits their rebirth to the change in the way the couple views each other. Initially, according to the actress, there were all of these rules but as they continued in their relationship they got into a flow. Jada said at this stage of their relationship Will encompass everything to her; to simply call him her husband does not compare to what he means in her life.
As she entered into the union with the rapper nearly two decades ago, she had her own idea of what a husband should be. The singer said she was stuck there for a long time but had to mature and expand that concept. Once that happened an entirely new world opened and she began to see her man in all of his glory. The Set It Off actress said:
It is hard to love someone completely; it takes so much courage and strength.
Will and Jada wed in 1997 and are the parents of three children. The oldest son, Willard “Trey” Smith III, is their son from Will’s previous marriage and they have two children from their current union, a son named Jaden and daughter Willow. Together they founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation which is a charity organization with a focus on family support and inner-city youth. The organization has worked with non-profit organizations such as the Lupus Foundation of America and YouthBuild.
The Smith family has experienced great success in the entertainment industry. Forbes ranked Will the most bankable star worldwide. As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion in global box office funds. Jada has experienced great success as an actress, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. Jaden and Willow have both appeared in movies and Willow has followed her mother’s footsteps and focused on her singing career.
The I Am Legend actor and his wife are no strangers to rumors surrounding their marriage; from her husband being a homosexual to the couple having an open relationship. Jada responded very emphatically a few years ago to their relationship status by saying:
Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship, instead it means we have a GROWN one.
Will has no problem admitting their marriage has not always been golden glamour and red carpets. Their marriage has died on multiple occasions. Jada agreed and stated they were able to rebirth their union, not necessarily with conventional wisdom, but with the wisdom they have learned from being together so long. Will and Jada are happier than ever and their union gets stronger every day.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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