Will Smith makes savage joke about Jada Pinkett Smith after marriage revelations
The Hollywood couple’s marriage has been laid bare by Jada, 52, as she promotes her new memoir Worthy.
In the book and various interviews, the Girls Trip actress has revealed how she and Will, 55, were secretly separated for six years but reconciled after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in March 2022.
She has also reportedly described late rapper Tupac Shakur as her ‘soulmate’ and revealed that Rock, 58, asked her out on a date when he thought she had split from Will, which is believed to have contributed to the events at the Oscars.
On Wednesday, Jada hosted a book event in Baltimore where she was joined by husband Will, their two children Jaden and Willow, and the actor’s son Trey from a previous marriage.
Hugging each other on stage, Will and Jada put on a united front and appeared to be unaffected by the scrutiny their marriage has fallen under in recent days.
Will Smith pledges to love and show up for Jada ‘for the rest of my life’
With his arm wrapped around Jada, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star told the audience: ‘As I stand here before you today, I am happier than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
‘I have achieved every single thing I have ever wanted in my entire life. There is not one thing left that I desire in this world—all of the awards, all of the money, the family—everything I’ve ever dreamed.’
The Bad Boys actor credited Jada for making ‘sacrifices’ so he could fulfil his career goals and questioned: ‘Can you show up and love somebody for the rest of your life, even when you don’t agree with them?’
Will then declared: ‘Jada is the best friend I have ever had on this planet and I am going to show up for her and support her for the rest of my life.’
In one light-hearted moment, he cracked a joke that their marriage was like a ‘sloppy public experiment in unconditional love,’ which Jada and their children seemed to find amusing along with the audience.
It comes after Jada clarified that she and Will are working on their marriage after getting back together following the infamous Oscars slap. The two married in 1997 after meeting when she filmed an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Speaking to rapper Fat Joe in an interview, she said: ‘Me and Will, we are in such a good place.’
When Fat Joe suggested ‘that’s not what the tabloids are saying,’ Jada replied: ‘But that’s the tabloids. Everybody’s sticking to we split up, we’ve been separated. They running with that.
‘We have been separated but guess what – after the Oscars we came back to a whole place.’
She added: ‘After that, we did so much healing together. After that, I was like, this is when you really show up.’
What did Jada Pinkett Smith say about Tupac?
Jada also addressed the claims that she described her late friend Tupac as her ‘soulmate’, stating: ‘It’s very clear in the book, me and Pac were never an item.
‘That’s the problem with me. People make too many assumptions because I been trying to keep stuff close to the chest.’
She was a childhood friend of the late California Love rapper and they attended college together in Baltimore. Tupac is believed to have been smitten with Jada at one point and wanted to date her.
‘If ‘Pac was still alive, we would probably talk about everything.
‘He would probably live on that show. I know him. He would be like, “Yo, we gotta talk about this, this week, did you see what happened? We gotta go to Sweden, did you see A$AP [Rocky]? They got him all locked up, we got to go”.’
She added: ‘I’d probably have to do a Red Table Talk specifically for Pac.
‘I’d probably do a male version of Red Table Talk with Pac. I would have done that with him because he would have just been so great for something like that.
‘So maybe we would do the Red Table and the Blue Table for him.
‘I would probably have created a table for Pac on his own. For sure.’
Tupac died in 1996 at the age of 25 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.