Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are the actual definitions of relationship goals. After spending decades as the picture-perfect married couple, the pair have slowly begun to deconstruct the institute of marriage in recent years, revealing what it is like to commit your life to another person. Jada was on the receiving end of a lot of judgment after her “entanglement” fiasco last year. However, will has recently leveled the playing field, opening up about his relationships outside their marriage and doubts during their marriage Will talking with GQ.
Jada recently spoke on love in an episode of Red Table Talk celebrating her 50th Birthday. Many people were confused when she told her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and daughter Willow Smith that she felt like she did not know how to love or what love was. “I really want to learn how to love,” she said when asked if she had a bucket list. Twitter went into a frenzy, many resurfacing the image of Will Smith looking drained during their Red Table Talk last year discussing August Alsina. “One thing Jada gonna do is violate they relationship but, one thing Will won’t do is come on the internet and talk shit. She do it for both them.” said one user.
According to Will, that could not be further from the truth. While speaking to GQ, he admits that Jada is not the only one who had relationships outside of their marriage, nor is she alone on her journey of self-discovery and love. “The pursuit of truth is the only way to be happy in this lifetime,” Smith told GQ. “And we sort of came to the agreement that authenticity was the release from the shackles of fame and public scrutiny. When you tell the truth, you never have to fear being found out.”
While Will did not fully disclose the details of his relationships outside the marriage, GQ did confirm that Jada was not alone in stepping out, saying “a viewer could have walked away thinking that Jada was the only one engaging in other relationships, when that was not, Smith delicately explained to me, in fact, the case.” He goes on to say that traditional marriage was never something they had both agreed on and was something that caused them a lot of strife in their relationship. As a result, they eventually decided against it. One of the things they got rid of was the idea of monogamy.
Elsewhere Will opened up about work he’d done with an intimacy coach to help him better connect with himself. While working with the coach, Will opened up about wanting a “haram of women” and how he would have Misty Copeland and Halle Berry if he could. The coach encouraged him to go full-fledged into his imagination and research the women he wanted. He said the exercise helped him realize that having those types of thoughts are human and not sins like religion taught him. He eventually realized this was not really what he wanted. Will has now been enjoying what he calls “f—-it-50’s” and has been taking the time to himself to learn and grow. Much like Jada, his GQ article reveals that he, too, is on a journey to figure out “how to love.”