Jada Pinkett Smith said she and husband Will Smith could divorce in 10 years after revealing the pair had been living “completely separate lives” since 2016.
The prominent Hollywood couple married in 1997 and have discussed breakups and marital problems in the past, but Pinkett Smith revealed in an interview with Hoda Kotb on Friday evening that the couple is essentially divorcing without papers.
Smith, 55, and Pinkett Smith, 52, share two children, Willow and Jaden, and a son, Trey, from Smith’s first marriage.
“Why not just get an amicable divorce?” “Why not just do that,” Kotb asked.
“We don’t want to,” Kotb replied.
“We love our family and we love each other. You know, it’s more of a civil partnership. Who knows in ten years?’ Pinkett Smith said.
Kotb pressed further, asking if the two had a deal should they both decide to date someone else – but such a suggestion was quickly brushed aside.
“Well, you know, right now, which has been so beautiful, we’re focusing on deep healing – bBecause of everything that happened. “I don’t know what happens after that,” Pinkett Smith explained.
“Is it possible that there will be a full reconciliation?” asked Kotb.
“You know, he’s getting old. You know what I say when he gets old, who will be there for him, Hoda, it will be me. It will be me. “I’ll be there,” Pinkett Smith said, suggesting the couple would never fully part ways.
News of the couple’s split surprised many, given Pinkett Smit’s candidness on her Red Table Talk series, in which she and Smith discussed their extramarital relationship in a 2020 episode, and the slap at the 2022 Academy Awards.
At the ceremony, Smith took the stage and punched host Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s hair.
In the days leading up to the release of her memoir Worthy, Jada Pinkett Smith told Hoda Kotb for the first time that she and her husband Will Smith have been separated since 2016
Jada and Will at the 2022 Oscars with their children Jaden and Willow as well as Will’s son Trey, 30, from his first wife Sheree Zampino
Will slapped comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars after he made a joke about Jada’s bald head
Smith has apologized multiple times for the incident, which earned him a 10-year ban from attending the Academy Awards or other Academy events.
And at the time, no one in the public knew that the highly publicized couple had been living apart since 2016.
Since then, she and Smith have made many public declarations of love and admiration for each other, suggesting that their split was amicable.
She told Kotb: “When we arrived in 2016 we were just exhausted from trying. I think we were both still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.’
She wrote in her book, “It wasn’t a divorce on paper.” But it was a divorce.’
Pinkett Smith, who admitted in 2020 that she had an affair with singer August Alsina, said she considered a legal divorce but could never go through with it, openly revealing that she made a “promise” to her husband that she never would would give him a “reason” to get a divorce.
“I promised that there would never be any reason for us to divorce. “We’ll get through anything… whatever,” she said.
Pinkett Smith also revealed how Smith hit on her in 1994 while he was still married to his first wife Sheree Zampino (seen at left) while she was holding their son Trey Smith
The Hollywood couple, who married in 1997, have struggled with breakups and marital difficulties and are now essentially going through an informal divorce. Pictured in November 2022
Will and Jada – seen at the 2022 Oscars – were separated when the actor slapped Chris at the Oscars
“We will get through everything, and I just couldn’t break that promise.”
“But you still live separately?” Kotb asked her to confirm: “We live separately.”
Jada’s new memoir is titled “Worthy”
During the hour-long interview, Pinkett Smith also revealed how Smith met her in 1994 while he was still married to his first wife, Sheree Zampino.
The two struck up a friendship, but Pinkett Smith’s mother didn’t approve.
“He called me when I was in Baltimore with my mother. She said, “Listen, tell him – put the phone down. You don’t have to talk to a married man.” And I thought, “She’s right.” And so I thought, “Will, I’m so sorry, but my mom says please don’t call me anymore. And so we didn’t talk for a whole year.”
In 1995, Smith went through a divorce and wasted no time in reconnecting with Pinkett Smith.
“He called me and asked, ‘Where are you?’ And I thought, ‘I’m in Baltimore,'” she recalls.
“He said, ‘Are you coming back to LA?’ And I said, ‘Yeah. He was like, “Are you seeing anyone?” And I was like, “No.” And he was like, “Good, because you’re seeing me now.” And I was like, “What?!”
“Just straight up, you know. “I kind of liked that,” Pinkett Smith said.