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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are one of the couples labeled as “admirable” — a couple we are told we should view as aspirational. Married since 1997, these two have appeared to have it all for a number of years: plenty of money, fast cars, two kids. But riffs in the relationship started appearing when Jada’s Facebook show, “Red Table Talk,” aired. We could all see something was going on; something was off in this relationship. Of course, their issues culminated with Will Smith smacking Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars. After years of appearances, we are finally finding out what’s been going on behind the scenes.
Jada is on press tour right now, promoting her book “Worthy,” which publishes October 17. During her tour, she’s revealed that she and Will have secretly been completely separated for the last seven years, and they are growing tired of maintaining the lie. In an interview with Hoda Kotb, Jada explains that she never wanted to get divorced and always thought they would “work through whatever.” Then she says she just hasn’t “been able to break that promise.”
The cast of The Today Show almost makes it seem as though Jada’s confession of a seven-year lie is some major act of bravery. And in a further act of bravery, she’s divulged even more details in her book where we will all be able to learn what’s been going on in the relationship.
In actuality, none of this is brave. Will and Jada are frauds. They have been putting on an act, appearing on red carpets together, showing public displays of affection, and preaching to the rest of us how we should live our lives. The purpose of Jada’s show “Red Table Talk” was to bring people’s lives to the table. She wanted to talk about the real, the honest, and the straightforward. Yet there is nothing brave or straightforward in anything she’s demonstrated other than her ability to lie to the masses for years.
In 2017, Jada Smith appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and shared her tips on how she and Will keep the relationship “hot” when host Andy Cohen asked. She explained: “Will and I just have amazing chemistry on a lot of different levels, you know? We love to laugh together, we love to learn together, and we just love each other. We just have a good time together.” They joked that their 23 years together is practically 60 in Hollywood years.
It’s baffling that Jada has been this fraudulent — that she’s smiled in everyone’s faces and inserted herself as an authority in people’s lives. She’s spoken publicly about having cheated on Will, and while she likely doesn’t even consider that cheating, since they were not together, it was, indeed, cheating. They were married. Marriage and vows have meaning — no matter how much Hollywood tries to tell the masses that they don’t. Despite their vows, Will and Jada opted for the progressive route, remained married, and slept with other people, which is exactly what Jada confessed in 2020. She had carried on an affair with August Alsina, a rapper in his early twenties who was friends with her son. Absolutely disgusting. It’s despicable. And there’s no way to measure the impact that’s had on the mentality of their children.
August has quite a different appearance than Will; he is not as clean cut. But based on all Jada has shared about herself, from her lifestyle to her upbringing, this affair makes sense. Jada Pinkett Smith is for the streets. Everything she has ever told about herself indicates she wants someone a little “harder” than Will Smith, which also explains some of her obsession with Tupac — who she has continued to talk about for years following his death. She still holds a torch for him, and Will even said in his own book that he was jealous of the special bond she had with Tupac. She wants to be part of the thug life while at the same time attempting to convince everyone to just be open and honest.
In 2020, Jada invited Will on a “Red Table Talk” episode in which she essentially told the public that her affair was totally acceptable because Will hadn’t been doing the things he needed to do as a man. I can’t imagine any man agreeing to sit down and do this publicly, but for some reason, Will Smith did. In that episode, he says he will “stand by my baby no matter what,” followed by Jada’s explanation that she doesn’t “look at it as a transgression at all.”
Meanwhile, I look at it as Will Smith being officially spayed and neutered. We have watched the spaying and neutering of Will Smith for the last year, formerly a man who people looked up to as an actor but now a guy who does not have an ounce of manhood left in him. He continues to allow this vile creature to publicly humiliate, embarrass, and shame him. To be clear, I don’t excuse him from any of this. He has obviously agreed to have this relationship, or, lack thereof; they have both continued to maintain appearances in the public eye. But there is nothing left of Will Smith. Jada isn’t a wife, and he isn’t a husband. These words have sacred meaning, which represent a union that happens under God. But not in Hollywood.
Hollywood is riddled with frauds. They are everywhere, and we continue to see just how fraudulent they are able to be. The idea that people in Hollywood are aspirational is absurd. All it takes to be better than these people is getting up every day, earning an honest living, coming home to family, and living an honest life. That’s it. That’s all it takes for anyone to be better.