In a recent interview with NBC's Hoda Kotb, actress Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she and husband Will Smith have been separated since 2016, despite maintaining the appearance of a committed couple. Pinkett Smith explained that by 2016, they were both exhausted from trying to make their relationship work and were stuck in a fantasy of what they thought the other person should be. Although they live separately, Pinkett Smith emphasized that they are not legally divorced and hinted that they may not divorce in the future. She made a promise to never give a reason for them to get a divorce and has not been able to break that promise.
Pinkett Smith will further address the separation in her upcoming memoir, "Worthy," set to be released next week. The couple, who have been married since 1997, share two children together, Jaden and Willow. Will Smith also has a son, Trey, from a previous marriage. Their marriage has had its fair share of public ups and downs, attracting intense speculation from the media. The couple has also faced controversies, such as the incident at the Academy Awards last year when Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke at Pinkett Smith's expense.
Despite the challenges, the couple has repeatedly brushed aside reports of marital strife. In a 2017 interview on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," Pinkett Smith stated that she and Smith were still having a good time together and had amazing chemistry. She emphasized their deep love for each other and their commitment to figuring out what their marriage looks like.
In a recent interview with People, Pinkett Smith mentioned that they are still figuring it out and doing heavy-duty work together. She expressed her intention to support Smith while allowing him to figure things out for himself. The couple's journey continues, and they remain committed to each other.