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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She and Will Smith Separated in 2016

Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Separation from Will Smith in 2016

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She and Will Smith Separated in 2016
Via Salon.com

Jada Pinkett Smith is finally opening up about the state of her marriage to actor Will Smith. In a tell-all interview ahead of the release of her upcoming memoir “Worthy,” Jada revealed that she and Will have been separated since 2016 despite portraying a united front in public all these years.

The Truth Comes Out

Speaking to NBC’s Hoda Kotb for a special tied to her book, Jada said “It was not a divorce on paper, but it was a divorce.” She confirmed that she and Will now “live separately.” When asked why they never formally announced their split, Jada said “We weren’t ready yet to share that. Still trying to figure out between the two of us how to be in a partnership.”

The actress cited “a lot of things” as causes for the fractures in their marriage over the years. By 2016, Jada said they were “just exhausted with trying” and still stuck in a fantasy of who they thought the other person should be. Despite their separation, Jada revealed she has no plans to divorce Will as she made a promise that there would never be a reason for divorce between them.

The Truth About Her “Entanglement”

Jada’s separation revelation provides more context to her bombshell 2020 “Red Table Talk” episode where she admitted to having a relationship with singer August Alsina during a prior separation from Will. On the show with Will present, Jada said she got into an “entanglement” with August when she was helping him through an illness.

While Jada’s new book “Worthy” promises to delve deeper into her relationship history and marriage, her recent interview confirmed what fans had long speculated – that she and Will Smith were no longer together in a romantic sense years before the August Alsina scandal became public. Jada revealed more of the inner workings of their private life for the first time in her pursuit of living authentically and sharing her story on her own terms.

Via Billboard

Moving Forward With Honesty

While their marriage has experienced turbulence through the years, Jada says she remains committed to her vow of never divorcing Will. In her “Red Table Talk” memoir, she explores the hard lessons learned from her relationship challenges and independence.

Jada’s revelations provide a rare glimpse inside one of Hollywood’s most private and long-lasting marriages. By meeting speculation with truth on her own terms, she hopes to dismantle assumptions and move forward in her relationships with honesty, growth and understanding. Jada’s story serves as an empowering model for navigating complex partnerships and living authentically.

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