Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed that she and her husband, Will Smith, have been living separately for the past seven years, openly admitting that they are deciding the future of their marriage.
Pinkett Smith revealed in an exclusive clip from her forthcoming NBC News primetime special with Hoda Kotb that they haven’t previously announced their split because they’re still trying to ‘figure out’ how to do so.
Jada claims she and Will have been “living separately and completely” independent lives since 2016, nearly two decades after their 1997 marriage.
August Alsina, a musician, stated in July 2020 that he had been romantically engaged with Niobe actress, which she acknowledged during an episode with her spouse on “Red Table Talk.”
“I got into an entanglement with August,” Pinkett said at the time, explaining then that the couple “were going through a very difficult time” when it occurred.
Will Smith stormed the stage at the 2022 Oscars and assaulted comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada’s bald hairstyle. She has alopecia, which causes her hair to fall out.
The talk show presenter emphasized that they haven’t made any final decisions on their marriage’s future and that she and Will are still “figuring things out.”
“We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together, We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like,” she said.
The 52-year-old also revealed to Kotb during their interview that the marriage fractured because of “a lot of things.”
“I think by the time we got to 2016, we were both just exhausted with trying, I think we were both kind of still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be,” Jada said.
The American actress also said she “made a promise” that there would never be a reason for her and Smith to divorce.
“ I just haven’t been able to break that promise,” she said.
Pinkett Smith reveals more about her marriage, career and early life in her forthcoming memoir, “Worthy.” The book releases Oct. 17.