Will Smith Reveals ‘Most Poisonous Aspect’ of the Relationship with Jada
‘Red Table Talk’ is back and this time Jada Pinkett Smith brought along husband Will to help spill all their intimate family business. In the premiere episode, Jada and Will opened up about their relationship including one of its lowest points.
Will remembered a moment in their marriage where it appeared like everyone was “winning” to the outside world, but Jada “woke up and cried 45 days straight” in private.
“It was every morning. I think that’s the worst I’ve I ever felt in our marriage. I was failing miserably, but on the outside I was winning,” he said. “I built the house, and called the house her lake and during that time I remember saying, ‘I built this house for you’ and she said, ‘You built this house for you.’”
“It was devastating for me to accept that I built the house for me. In my mind, I was saying I was building it for her, but I wasn’t,” he continued. “I called it her lake as an ego cover and Jada was calling me on that.”
Smith came to the realization that what he was creating was just a “picture,” one that looked like the complete opposite of his childhood.
“I had the public perception that I wanted to project of our relationship, of the family and what my kids are and what my wife is and what we are in the world,” he added.
When Will admitted he did feel she was “ungrateful” at times, Jada said she felt the same way about herself. “There were times I felt ungrateful, because I was like, ‘Look at your life, how can you be so unhappy?’” she remembered thinking, “I used to think I was crazy. That’s why I couldn’t talk to everybody.”
But her husband understood what was behind the tears.
“Jada’s an actress, but she had two babies and she had to be home to raise her babies while I got to do everything I wanted to do. She was sacrificing herself to fit my picture, but my life wasn’t really disrupted in the least,” he said. “I think that was the, if there were an individual, most poisonous aspect of our relationship in the past, is that I felt money and winning made a good relationship.”
Jada said “fear” was to blame for her just going along with it for so long, “fear of not wanting to rock the boat.”
“I had kids, he’s a force to be reckoned with,” she said of her husband. “There’s a lot of stuff you let slide and go past that angers you, that you get resentment, but you don’t change it because you’re scared. At the end of the day, it’s about fear.”
She said that the turning point for their relationship came when she turned 40, but that’s where the episode ended. Part 2 of Will’s family sit down will be released next week and, in a preview, he says, “We broke up. I was devastated, even worse than a divorce.”
“Red Table Talk” drops every Monday on Facebook Watch. Get into the episode below.