Jada Pinkett Smith admits husband Will’s Oscars slap was the pivotal moment she decided to stay with him… and reveals a ‘non-traditional’ relationship is their way forward
Jada Pinkett Smith has admitted that she decided to stay by Will Smith’s side, the moment he slapped Chris Rock at last years Oscars.
The American actress, 52, also revealed how she and Will, 55, have made the mutual decision to work towards a ‘non-traditional relationship’, given their past.
Appearing on The One Show on Monday evening with hosts Lauren Laverne and Alex Jones, Jada spoke about her new memoir Worthy.
Jada said: ‘I knew it was going to be an intense reaction. And that was the moment that I decided that I was going to stay by his side.
‘You know, it’s funny how intense situations can amplify love, and it was a pretty difficult time, but it definitely drew us closer. So yeah, it’s, crazy how things work.’
Pivotal: Jada Pinkett Smith, 52, has admitted that she decided to stay by Will Smith’s, 55, side, the moment he slapped Chris Rock at last years Oscars
Making it work: The American actress also revealed how she and Will have made the mutual decision to work towards a ‘non-traditional relationship’, given their past (pictured in March)
She added: ‘I would say that Will and I have decided to be in a relationship that fits what we desire, and so, we had our separation and then the Oscars came and we are definitely on a different trajectory.
‘But I will not say that it’s in a traditional way, for sure. We decided to be together in a way that works for us.’
In the explosive memoir, she has revealed how the dynamics of her marriage with famous actor and Will changed after the Oscars.
The pair had secretly separated six years prior to the incident, with Jada confessing: ‘I’m not thinking in a million years he’s getting up on stage and it has anything to do with me!’
Speaking to Red magazine, she added: ‘That’s when your relationship gets deeper than romance or all the c**p that comes with marriage.
‘I was just really concerned about Will. And I realised in that moment that, as challenging as our relationship can be, I’m always going to be by his side, no matter what.’
At the 94th Academy Awards, Will strode onto the stage and slapped Chris after the comedian cracked a joke about Jada looking like ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head when she had recently revealed that was suffering from alopecia.
While she and Will were living separately at the time, Jada explained that they’ve always had each other’s backs, more so now that they’re apart.
Ouch: At the 94th Academy Awards, Will strode onto the stage and slapped Chris after the comedian cracked a joke about Jada looking like ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head
Supportive: While she and Will were living separately at the time, Jada explained that they’ve always had each other’s backs, more so now that they’re apart (pictured in 2014)
She revealed: ‘Us pulling at each other to love each other so that we could feel a certain way about ourselves, to then separate and find our emotional independence, to then meet each other in the middle.
‘Learning how to show up for ourselves is showing up for the other person. It’s been a deep learning process in how to love.’
While Jada has been open about the complexities of their marriage, she revealed that she prefers not to use ‘conventional’ relationship titles to describe their union.
She explained: ‘I try to stay away from conventional terms like “marriage” because people have a very specific idea of it and I’m not in the business of trying to change that.
‘I like spending time with me and I like spending time with my family and that’s it. I have no desire to do anything else but that.’
Jada released the book on October 17, and it managed to nab the number three spot on Amazon’s charts for the week of October 22, which lists the Top 20 most sold & most read books of the week.
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