Will Smith says he and wife Jada don’t practice monogamy: ‘Marriage can’t be a prison
Jada Pinkett Smith on being ‘good friends’ with August Alsina
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Gemini Man actor Will Smith, 53, has shared a candid admission about his unconventional marriage to wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50. The star revealed he and his other half now have an open marriage after choosing monogamy for a “large part of their relationship”.
Will explained the couple, who have been married for almost 24 years, found monogamy difficult, revealing, “marriage for us can’t be a prison”.
The Hollywood actor said: “Jada never believed in conventional marriage.
“Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up.
“There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple?
“And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”
He added to the November issue of GQ: “We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.
“And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody.
“But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”
It comes after Will and Jada discussed the actress’ “entanglement” with singer August Alsina on her Red Table Talk show.
The acting duo, who have two children together, addressed affair rumours at the time.
The pair said they were over – almost “indefinitely” – when the Girls Trip actress’ “entanglement” happened, however they were still officially married.
Will and Jada also addressed claims he gave her and August permission.
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She explained: “August was probably trying to communicate, I could see how he would perceive it as permission as we were separated amicably. He wanted to make it clear he’s not a home wrecker. Which he’s not.”
However, Will told the publication his wife wasn’t the only one engaging in extramarital sexual relationships.
He didn’t go into detail about those relationships, explaining: “It may seem hard to believe, but I would lose sleep over not giving you the answer that I know you could use.
“I want to help you, I want you to succeed, I want you to have a headline.
“But by the same token, I don’t want to deal with the backlash of that in the world. To say I don’t want to talk about that three years ago would have been f**king excruciating for me.”
The publication also shared an excerpt from Will’s upcoming self-titled book, which recalled a fight he had with Jada after her 40th birthday.
The star wrote: “Our marriage wasn’t working.
“We could no longer pretend. We were both miserable and clearly something had to change.”
The couple are parents to son Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 20, while Will also has an older son, Trey, 28, with ex-wife Sheree Zampino.
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