Jada Pinkett Smith opened up in Wednesday’s episode of “Red Table Talk” about how the coronavirus quarantine is affecting her relationship with husband Will Smith.
“It’s challenging. You’re forced to look at things differently,” Pinkett Smith said of quarantine to the roundtable, which included mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow Smith. “One of the things I realize is that I don’t know Will at all.”
She added: “Let me tell you, that’s been something: To be married to someone for 20-some odd years and then realize, ‘I don’t know you and you don’t know me.’ But also realizing there’s an aspect of yourself you don’t know either.”
The Smith crew, reporting from their usual red table set, virtually welcomed Michaela Boehm, Will and Jada’s personal relationship counselor. The two shared tips they had previously discussed on ways for someone to see their partner outside the previously-conceived roles in their relationship.
“The thing that Will and I are learning to do is be friends,” Pinkett Smith added. “Because you get into all of these ideas about what intimate relationships are supposed to look like, what marriages are supposed to be. So Will and I are in the process of him taking the time to learn to love himself, me taking the time to learn to love myself, right? And us building a friendship along the way.”
Ultimately, Boehm advised clearly communicating needs to one’s partner to keep a steady relationship during a time of stress.
“Your partner cannot read your mind,” she added.
Last month, Will made a special appearance on “Red Table Talk” to discuss ways to “flatten the curve.”
“Imagine our local hospital can handle 40 respiratory patients at one time. If 50 people show up at one time to get 40 beds, now you have 10 people in critical condition that aren’t going to get help,” he explained, raising his eyebrows and gesturing with his hands for emphasis.
“It’s no longer about stopping the virus; it’s about (preventing the collapse of) hospital systems,” he said.