Jada Pinket Smith and Will Smith have been married for 16 years and in those years they’ve endured a lot of gossip, from her being gay to multiple rumors of them being divorced. Now apparently people are saying they have an open marriage. I think we’re at the point though where no one cares. Or maybe it’s just me.
In an interview on HuffPo Live, Ms. Smith addressed these open marriage rumors.
I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay’. Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that’s not for me to do for him. Or vice versa.
Hm, interesting approach to marriage. I’m not being snarky either. “You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay” is a great approach to life. Next time I think about if it’s okay to eat 6 slices of pizza, Jada’s words will be in my head. Ms. Smith has more no-nonsense marriage talk:
I don’t think it’s easy to be married to anyone. I think that you have to go into a relationship knowing — especially when you’re dedicating yourself to someone for the rest of your life — this is a life partnership … He’s my best friend. He’s been by my side through some of the most difficult parts of my life. And so that’s something you can never take away.
Those are all damn fine points.
So what do you think? What do you make of Jada’s answer, of, “[He] can do whatever [he] wants as long as [he] can look at [himself] in the mirror and be okay”?
April 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Jada Pinkett Smith has always seemed like a closeted lesbian to me, and her marriage to Will Smith has been rumoured to be a sham pretty much since it began. Of course, I (and everyone else born with functioning eyes and brains) could be wrong, and that’s just fine, but interestingly enough, Jada took to her Facebook page earlier this month to question aloud why so many of “her friends” are embarking on lesbian relationships as they hit their 40s.
Before I begin…I want to make one thing clear. It’s important that you know that I believe love comes in ALL forms. I believe a person should love WHOMEVER…HOWEVER they choose. But…I do have a question.
In the last month, three women, in their 40s, coming out of long term relationships with men have confided in me that they now feel that their last resort for companionship is that with a woman. These are women who have never engaged in or even desired to be in intimate relationships with other women. Now these women feel as though they have no other option. It seems as if there is a spike in same sex love all around. What is changing in which how men and women are relating to one another, that is creating same sex love as a LAST RESORT for heterosexual women?
Methinks, once again as it always is in situations like this, that the lady doth protest too much. To say that you support all types of relationships and then to use language that’s obviously attempts to cheapen or disregard certain ones (“last resort for companionship”?) is ridonk. There are lots of reasons women (or men!) might not come into themselves sexually – or at least be able to express physically what they’ve always known about themselves – until they are older. Especially when there are people in the world who would discriminate against you, hate you or at the very least talk shit about your life as if they had to live it if you were to come out and be honest about the fact that, hey! you’re a woman who loves another woman or a man who loves a man. What the hell difference does it make? It’s 2013, but I sometimes feel like it’s f-cking caveman times.
Also, how in the world does Jada know if a woman has ever desired to be with another woman? Like this chick knows everyone’s deepest desire of their souls? Newsflash: If they only just felt confident embarking on these new relationships, chances are they kept the desire secret for many years, or they would have done it sooner. Obviously there are the experimenters (I’ve known my share) but that’s a college thing, not a mid-life crisis thing.
I would never force someone out of the closet before they were ready, but if it put Jada on the path to self-acceptance and made her stop talking utter nonsense, I’d be all for it.
March 14, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Short of being really, really insulting to toned women ’round the world and saying, ‘F-ck no!’ and blaming it on the fact that she looks like a piece of dried-up beef jerky (sinews are just not hot, I’m afraid), I’m going to go ahead and brand a very generic ‘no’ on the above question. Would I, still? No. Absolutely not. As male friends of mine used to say back in the day, ‘not without someone else’s dick.’ Because no. I would never.
Jada Pinkett Smith posted this photo to her Twitter account earlier in the weekend, and captioned it:
To my Forty and over crew! Don’t believe the hype… we DO get better with age!
And of course, I don’t mean to go raining on aging ladies’ parades or anything, because I don’t think it’s an age issue at all, or even a fitness issue, like Jada’s made it out to be. No, it’s just that Jada and her exercising-five-days-a-week and all that not eating for pleasure just doesn’t strike me as all that attractive, personally, and flaunting herself like she’s the be-all, end-all of what people should look like after forty is just absurd. It’s like, come on. Not *everyone* wants to look like … well, this, when they’re “forty and over.” Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with it, but it’s like saying “all women should be curvy,” or “all women should be thin.” It’s just not reality for some people.
Naturally, it goes without saying that Jada Pinkett Smith just isn’t one of my favorite Hollywood people, but come on. Sweeping statements just aren’t all that applicable anymore, you know?
So, whatever. Jada Pinkett Smith—would you, still?
July 29, 2012 at 10:00 am by Sarah
From Us Weekly:
There’s a reason Jada Pinkett Smith has maintained her flawless bod for more than 20 years: “I don’t eat for pleasure,” she tells Essence.
Pinkett Smith, 40, explains that she “had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook. She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don’t eat for taste, you eat for nourishment. And I have kept that over the years, so I can eat anything that’s healthy.”
Though she occasionally treats herself to French fries and pizza, the star of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted says: “I eat for my schedule so I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don’t fall flat on my face.”
Her diet secrets aside, the actress and mother-of-three also reveals that she’s planning to star in a movie with Will Smith, 43, her husband since 1997.
“Will is going to [shoot a film] with the boys probably, and he and I are gonna do one,” she tells Essence. “He can’t wait. He was like, ‘You and me, next.’ I was like. . . ‘Let’s do it!”
Pinkett Smith’s latest film, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, is in theaters June 8. It features the voice talents of Ben Stiller, 46, Chris Rock, 47, David Schwimmer, 45, Sacha Baron Cohen, 40, Cedric the Entertainer, 48, Jessica Chastain, 35, and Martin Short, 62.
No, I get it. I get what she’s saying. And all joking aside, the world at large would probably be a whole lot healthier if the world at large thought like Jada Pinkett Smith or had a granny that couldn’t cook for shit. But this lady, guys? This lady right here (I mean me, not Jada Pinkett Smith)? She had a granny who could COOK. She had a GRANNY who could COOK. And that granny taught this lady right here that there are certain pleasures of life that can be seen with the eyes, heard with the ears, felt with the hands, and tasted with the mouth. Short of saying that I think Jada Pinkett Smith is missing a few crucial parts of a normal, functioning human being’s psyche, you can guess what my favorite life experience is.
Crazy, crazy lady. Crazy.
June 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
Is it just me, or did it seem like the impending divorce between Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith was all we heard about last summer? Like, I remember seeing blind item after blind item about these two, all about how Will and Jada were both bearding for each other, and all these rumors about custody battles and break up announcements and so many things. Surely other important things happened last summer, right? There had to be something else … right. Courtney Stodden happened last summer. It’s all coming back now.
But the point is that for all we heard about this divorce, it never happened. And not only did it never happen, but Will and Smith seem to be doing super together, based on this sweet little song that Jada did for Will on Valentine’s Day!
She posted the song on her Facebook, along with this little note:
With the major losses we have experienced in the last few weeks we should remember our lives are worth living fully. Therefore our risks are worthy. Our mistakes are worthy. Our traumas are worthy as well. The very paths we are told not to tread are the paths that hold the keys to our deepest understanding of love for our lives and ourselves. Self love is the gateway to truly loving another…deeply. We were born to be loved and to love fiercely.
Will, I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day. This is for you.
And here’s the song, “Burn.”
Did you like it? Because I kind of like it quite a bit. I’m a total sap though, so it’s really no surprise. I’m just glad that Will and Jada seem to be doing so well though, because after Seal and Heidi, my heart really can’t take another big break up. I mean, I know that Will Smith is supposed to be this big douchebag and all, but if he walks around without his wedding ring and obnoxious ass yellow fingernail polish, my childhood will be ruined, along with what’s left of my belief in true love. So if you disagree about the state of this relationship, please just leave it be, ok? At least until I can listen to this song and weep a few more times.
February 17, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
So I just spent a very long time at the post office, waiting to pick up a package. The clerk took my little orange slip and wandered off, and I literally never saw her again. Thirty minutes later—that’s 30 real-world minutes, not 30 “feels-like” minutes—a guy peered out at me and asked me if I needed anything. I was fuming, of course, because all of this occurred after I got off the phone with State Farm (I’m on Month Two of begging an adjuster to look at my car, which was brand new, was in a catastrophic hailstorm, and now resembles Edward James Olmos). I HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE.
But that was the News of the Day, thanks to InTouch‘s report that the couple has separated after 13 splendiferous years of marriage. Thirteen years! That’s such a long time! Thirteen years is like standing in line at the post office annex 113,000 times!
The couple’s reps immediately went into Damage Control mode. First, a “source close to the spouses” blasted the rumor, Us reported. Next, Will and Jada’s son Trey denied the story on his Twitter account. Then Jada’s rep, Karynne Tencer, issued a statement to Entertainment Tonight (Pink is the New Blog remains skeptical, however). Then Will and Jada issued a joint statement, flatly denying the story. TMZ:
The statement reads, “Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false.”
The two add, “We are still together, and our marriage is intact.”
Um, how bad did InTouch Weekly step in it? Pretty freaking bad—the latest word is, the couple’s motherloving legal team is now involved. Nice “exclusive,” InTouch.