Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been married for over twenty years and nothing they ever said indicated divorce would be an option, but the rumours won’t abate. Their marriage may not be conventional, but it’s one that will outlast all rumours. Just ask Jada.
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20 years married
The two are Hollywood royalty. There aren’t very many couples who would fit that description, but these two most certainly are. They’ve met in 1995 when Jada auditioned as Will’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Considered too short for the role she didn’t get the part, but the two became friends and eventually started dating.
They married in a secret ceremony on New Year’s Eve 1997.
Their son was born a year later, and daughter Willow made her appearance in 2000. You’ll have a hard time finding a picture of the two or their family in which they don’t all look happy.
There can’t be a doubt that the two had their ups and downs, every relationship does. Couples fight, they argue, they want to walk out on each other, sometimes they are attracted to people outside of their marriage.
None of this is unusual.
Divorce rumours throughout the years
For quite a few years now Will and Jada have been faced with divorce rumours, cheating rumours, rumours of a trial separation or even a divorce close to being finalized. Thus far none of them have proven to be true.
In 2015 it was claimed that the two had made a secret deal to divide their fortune. Once again, the claims were completely false.
It’s interesting to see how often and in what variety the rumours keep returning. The latest allegation claimed that a $270 million divorce was in the works. And apparently, Jada wanted to escape Will’s shadow and focus on her own career. Things couldn’t be further from the truth.
Dealing with the rumours
Instead, the couple has gone on record about their relationship and marriage multiple times. And even though some of the things they have said have been considered further proof that the two are falling apart, most of what they have said shows an incredibly realistic and mature approach to relationships.
Will once said that divorcing Jada would never be an option for him and he truly believes that she is the one for him. At the same time, he said that being attracted to other people is par for the course and it’s not as if he vowed never to look at another woman again. That would make his job impossible because he usually stars opposite attractive women and often has love scenes with them. The same is true for Jada, who has kissed men and women on screen.
He also said that if it came to it and he really did feel the need to sleep with another woman, he would never do so without Jada’s blessing. There’s such a thing as sexual attraction, though most people tend not to act on it when they are already married, or they end up cheating behind their partner’s back. But Will’s heart belongs to his wife, his queen.
Jada, on the other hand, has said that Will is his own man, just as she is her own woman. There’s nothing wrong with spending a little time apart. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, doesn’t it? She said that ultimately, he has to be able to look himself in the mirror and that it’s not for her to shackle him.
Ain’t never gonna happen
People change. Will and Jada weren’t babies when they married, though still young enough to go through a lot of growing individually and as a couple. Relationships change and grow as well. As long as the two keep an open and honest communication, which is key according to Will, they will continue to be strong together.
Will previously shut down divorce rumours on Facebook and promised that if ever it came to it, he would announce the divorce himself. Jada simply tweeted that her king had spoken. It would appear these two have each other’s backs.
For her birthday Will posted a lovely message to Jada for all the world to see and whilst some consider it another sign that things are not well because he feels a need to announce it so openly, others, less jaded, would simply consider it as yet another declaration of love.
Recently Will even recorded a new song, addressing and denouncing any divorce rumours and Jada once again went on record declaring that it will never ever happen.
These two are rock solid. They have their trials and tribulations just like any other couple, but they seem to be tackling them head-on. Instead of looking out for any signs of trouble in paradise, we would do well to wish them a happily ever after. Those are rare enough in Hollywood as it is.