For the release of her new book, Worthy, Jada Pinkett-Smith is opening up like never before, starting with a shocking bombshell: she and her husband of 26 years, Will Smith, are separated and are leading separate lives.
The longtime couple's marriage has long sparked questions and wide-ranging rumors, and now the former Red Table Talk host is putting them to rest once and for all.
According to the conversation with Hoda, Jada reveals in her memoir that back in 2016, she and Will "decided that [they] were going to live completely separate lives."
"It was not a divorce on paper," Hoda started, to which Jada confirmed: "Yes," however when the veteran journalist reiterated: "But it was a divorce," Jada then declared: "Divorce," and confirmed that the two have been "apart" since 2016.
Detailing why she waited seven years to reveal the change to their relationship – Will and Jada have continued to make red carpet appearances and social media posts together in the seven years that they've been separated – Jada explained: "I think just not being ready yet. Still trying to figure out between the two of us how to be in partnership, right, and in regards to how do we present that to people, you know? And we hadn't figured that out."
She continued: "I think by the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both kind of just still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be."
Jada also confirmed that to this day, the two do live "separately," however she maintained: "I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through whatever. And I just haven't been able to break that promise."
In a separate interview with People, she also shared: "We’re still figuring it out," adding: "We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together."
She declared: "We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us."
Though Will and Jada have faced rumors of a split in the past, news that the two have been separated for seven years comes especially as a shock given their continued outings as a unit up until this year.
At the 2022 Oscars, Will infamously slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke at Jada's expense, and he even exclaimed: "Keep my wife's name out of your [expletive] mouth," in her defense.
The two have continued to appear on red carpets and share photos with their children as well, sons Trey, 30, (from Will's relationship with Sheree Zampino), and Jaden, 25, plus daughter Willow, 22.
Just last month for Will's birthday, Jada shared a throwback of the family-of-five on Instagram, and wrote: "I am so glad you were born on this day. Without you I would not have experienced the greatest joy of my life… the love of our family. On this Divine assignment we've chosen to walk together, I am grateful for the wells of laughter along the trails of tears we’ve shared. Thank you for helping me learn to embrace it all… with a smile. Here's to 100+ more birthdays full of growth, acceptance and joy."
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