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11th Oct 2023

Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she has been separated from Will Smith for seven years

Charlie Herbert

Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she has been separated from Will Smith for seven years

The pair were living apart when the infamous Chris Rock slap took place

Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed in an interview that she and her husband Will Smith have been separated since 2016.

The 52-year-old said she and Smith have lived “completely separate lives” for seven years, having married in 1997.

Whilst they are still legally married, Pinkett Smith revealed the couple are not romantically together.

Pinkett Smith is releasing an upcoming memoir, Worthy, in which she opens up about her relationship with the Academy Award-winning actor.

Speaking to People ahead of the memoir’s release, she explained more about her current relationship status.

“We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together,” she said. “We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like.”

She also revealed that the pair were living apart when her husband slapped Chris Rock at the Oscar’s for making a joke about Pinkett Smith.

In an interview with NBC, she explained to Hoda Kotb what led her relationship with Smith to “fracture.”

She said: “By the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both kind of just still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.”

She added that whilst she has never been able to go through with a legal divorce from Smith, saying: “I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through … whatever.

“I just haven’t been able to break that promise.”

For years now, the relationship between Jada and Will has made headlines, with the pair both openly talking about their marriage.

Back in 2020, the couple discussed their marriage in an episode of Pinkett Smith’s show, Red Table Talk. In the episode, Pinkett Smith brought up her relationship with singer August Alsina during a time when the couple were separated, famously calling it an “entanglement” with Alsina.

The couple have previously said they are in an open relationship, whilst Pinkett Smith has spoken about having to lower her sex expectations of her husband.

Smith and Pinkett Smith share two children, 24-year-old son Jaden Smith and 21-year-old daughter Willow Smith. The ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ actor also has a 29-year-old son named Trey from his first marriage with ex-wife Sheree Zampino. 

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