This disclosure has shocked many, as the couple had addressed their marital troubles and even Jada's extramarital relationship in the past but had never gone into such specific details regarding their separation.
The couple, who tied the knot in 1997, share a complicated history together. Jada Pinkett Smith made this revelation during an interview with Hoda Kotb, explaining that while they are technically still married, their lives have been distinct for several years.
They have opted to keep their separation private, which was why it wasn't public knowledge until now. It's essentially a divorce without the legal paperwork.
This revelation has sparked discussions about their high-profile relationship, given their long history and openness in addressing personal issues, particularly on Jada's popular show, "Red Table Talk."
In a 2020 episode of the show, they addressed Jada's affair with singer August Alsina, showing their willingness to discuss their challenges publicly.
The couple's decision to live separately since 2016 was not driven by a lack of love but rather by exhaustion from trying to live up to each other's fantasies.
Jada mentioned, "I think we were both kind of just still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be." It's a candid admission of the challenges they faced in their marriage.
Surprisingly, Jada Pinkett Smith hasn't pursued a formal divorce despite the separation. She explained, "I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through... whatever."
Their separation wasn't the only revelation in Jada's recent interviews. She also shared her initial reaction to the infamous incident at the 2022 Oscars when Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage.
Jada revealed that she initially thought it was part of a skit and only realized it was real when Will started walking back to his seat.
The Smiths' relationship has always been under the spotlight due to their fame and willingness to address personal matters publicly. Jada Pinkett Smith's openness about their separation in her new memoir, "Worthy," and in interviews has once again put their relationship in the spotlight.
As for their family life, Jada and Will Smith have two children together, Jaden and Willow, and Will has another child, Trey, from a previous relationship. Despite their separation, it seems they are still working together as parents.
While the news of their separation may come as a shock to some, it's a reminder that even high-profile celebrity couples face their own set of challenges. Their commitment to working through their issues, even if it means living apart, is a testament to their enduring connection and the love they share.
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