Lifestyle: Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith say that they broke up ‘within our marriage’ and had to rebuild their relationship — here’s how they did it

  • During the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” she and Will Smith revealed the steps they took to rebuild their relationship after deciding to break up “within our marriage.”
  • Divorce “was never an option” for the couple, so Smith had to “let go of the dream” of a perfect family and give his wife space.
  • The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor said that he took time off from work and read various books, while Pinkett Smith tried to figure out who she was outside of being a wife and mother.
  • Now, they don’t call themselves married, have eliminated deal breakers or fights, and support each other.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith revealed that they broke up “within our marriage” and it took years to rebuild their relationship.

During the latest episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” titled “Our Unique Union,” the actress sat down with her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, daughter, Willow Smith, and husband, Will Smith, for a candid discussion.

After detailing the “low point” of their marriage, which took place after Pinkett Smith’s 40th birthday, the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star realized that his ego and vision for an ideal family led to a “decline.”

“I had a 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,” Will admitted.

To repair their relationship, Will said that he had to “let go of the dream” and “essentially had to destroy our marriage”

The “Men in Black” actor explained that “divorce was never an option” for the pair.

He added: “I was devastated even worse than a divorce. We broke up within our marriage and got back together again and had to rebuild with new rules and something way, completely different.”

“I put in too much, period,” Pinkett Smith chimed in. “What is most important to me is my family.”

Rather than split, the couple chose to give each other space and “get out of each other’s way” to figure things out individually.

“You gotta be strong enough and understand clearly what it is you’re in search for, what it is you want, what it is you don’t want, because that whole time when you’re in a union, you’re pointing fingers because you’re thinking it’s your partner,” Pinkett Smith explained.

“I had to go away, gain my strength as Jada again,” she continued. “Not mommy, not wife — Jada Koran. That’s the big one.”

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