This is why Jada Pinkett and Will Smith don’t refer to themselves as “married”

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The labels of “husband” and “wife” mean very little to Jada Pinkett and Will Smith.

Jada Pinkett and Will Smith often find themselves dogged by baseless split rumours in the press.

However the couple – who recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary – have learned to ignore the tabloids, with Smith recently addressing the headlines via his new song, In The Clique.

“Twenty years of swag y’all just witnessed,” he raps in the song. “Stop the divorce rumours and mind your damn business.”

Now, speaking on TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast, Smith has revealed that he and Pinkett Smith are happier than ever. And, when asked for the simple formula to their successful marriage, he was all too willing to share their secret: they don’t see themselves as ‘married’.

“We don’t say we’re married anymore,” he said, explaining that the labels of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ mean very little to him and Pinkett Smith.

“We refer to ourselves as ‘life partners,’ where you get into that space where you realise you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. There are no deal breakers. There is nothing she could do – ever – nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death, and it feels so good to get to that space.”

Rumours about Smith and Pinkett Smith being in an open marriage were triggered a couple of years ago after she told Oprah Winfrey that if Will wanted to go with another woman then he could “as long as he could look at himself in the mirror.”

Addressing those comments on the Howard Stern Show in 2015, Pinkett Smith said: “Here’s the deal. You’ve got to trust who you’re with. And at the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man. Here’s what I trust – I trust that the man that Will is, is a man of integrity.

“So, he’s got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be okay, I’m good. He is a man of great integrity and he is fine.”

She added: “I’m not the kind of woman that believes a man is not going to be attracted to another woman. It does not mean he doesn’t love you and it does not mean he is going to act on it.

“If he can’t see another woman’s beauty, then how is he going to see yours?”

Pinkett Smith finished by saying: “You have got to be human and you’ve got to be who you are. He was on the road as a young guy and there is a lot that you learn about acting on your impulses, you kind of run out.”

Image: Getty


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.