Jada Pinkett Smith was on the chopping block for o many who did not know that she and Will Smith are in an open marriage. While Hollywood insiders understood this, their adoring public was in the dark until recently. Jada did don’t understand the backlash she received regarding her relationship with August Alsina until it was made clear to her, that it was understood as infidelity, hurting those who looked to their ‘black love’ for inspiration, for years.
Will Smith Defends his Wife Publicly
Will Smith has come clean about his open marriage to fellow entertainer Jada Pinkett Smith after years of speculation. The November cover story for GQ magazine revealed that “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and his wife aren’t typical married couples, and they’ve actually been free to date other people through their relationship.
The Smiths: From Husband and Wife – to Life Partners
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage … Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up,” Will told GQ Magazine. “There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? … And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”
Will says: Marriage Cant’ Be a Prison
According to the actor, they have both “given each other trust and freedom” because they both agree that “can’t be a prison.”
“I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody,” he continued to divulge. “But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”
An Open Marriage for the Smiths
Will also said Jada’s “entanglement” with R&B singer/songwriter August Alsina was not the only affair that happened during their marriage. He has had his share as well.
“The public has a narrative that is impenetrable,” Will responded. “Once the public decides something, it’s difficult to impossible to dislodge the pictures and ideas and perceptions.”