Jada Pinkett says she and Will Smith have separated: The marriage fractured…

Jada Pinkett Smith, in an upcoming interview, disclosed that she and her husband Will Smith have been living separate lives since 2016. The couple, married since 1997, chose not to announce their separation earlier as they were still figuring out how to present their relationship to the public.


In her upcoming NBC News special with Hoda Kotb, Jada Pinkett revealed that she and Will Smith, have been leading separate lives since 2016. Despite being married since 1997, they decided to keep their separation private until they could find the right way to share their relationship status with the public. “How do we present that to people?” she told Kotb. “We hadn’t figured that out.”

She also confirmed they are not legally divorced. Their marital status attracted attention when singer August Alsina confessed to a romantic involvement with Pinkett Smith in July 2020, which she acknowledged on ‘Red Table Talk’. “I got into an entanglement with August,” Pinkett Smith said at the time, explaining then that the superstar couple “were going through a very difficult time” when it occurred.

The 2022 Academy Awards incident where Smith slapped Chris Rock, following a joke about Pinkett Smith’s alopecia-induced baldness, further put their relationship in the spotlight. “I thought, ‘This is a skit.’ I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him,’” she recalled. “It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.”

In her conversation with Kotb, Pinkett Smith attributed the strain in their marriage to various factors and shared that they were both tired of trying to live up to each other’s expectations by 2016. Despite the challenges, she stated her commitment to her promise of not divorcing Smith.


In her forthcoming memoir titled ‘Worthy,’ scheduled for release on October 17, readers can expect a deeper explanation of Jada Pinkett Smith’s marital life, professional journey, and formative years.

Edited By:

Trisha Bhattacharya

Published On:

Oct 11, 2023


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