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Jada Pinkett Smith confessed that she “really didn’t want to get married” to Will Smith.

In fact, the “Matrix” actress — now on the roasting spit from Smith’s infamous Oscars smack-down of Chris Rock and the Academy’s decision Friday to ban him from the ceremony for 10 years — admitted to “crying down the freaking aisle” before tying the knot with the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star on New Year’s Eve 1997.

“I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do,” declared Pinkett Smith, 50, in a freshly exhumed snippet from her “Red Table Talk” Facebook series. “I never wanted to be married.”

In the clip from 2018 — which has resurfaced amid renewed controversy around her louche “entanglement” with R&B singer August Alsina, 29 — Pinkett Smith candidly recalls her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also known as “Gammy,” 68, forcing her daughter and Smith to wed after she became pregnant with their first child together, son Jaden, now 23.

“I really didn’t wanna get married,” Pinkett Smith restated while seated around the circular table with her mom as well as Smith, 53, and their daughter, Willow, 21.

Jada Pinkett Smith confessed to never wanting to get married to now-husband Will Smith during an episode of “Red Table Talk.” Red Table Talk Pinkett Smith confessed to never wanting to get married during an episode of “Red Table Talk.” Red Table Talk

“We only got married because Gammy was crying,” a chuckling Smith informed Willow.

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“It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding,’” said Pinkett Smith, prompting Banfield-Norris to confess, “I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married.”

The “Girls Trip” star’s mother was just 18 when she became pregnant with Pinkett Smith, and briefly married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr.

“I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage,” Banfield-Norris added. “I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.”

Pinkett Smith then recalled being browbeaten into Big Day submission.

“And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding,” she said. “I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’”

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Pinkett Smith said the wedding was “horrible,” and she was admittedly experiencing pregnancy sickness during her nuptials. Red Table Talk

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Jada and Will married at the Gothic-style Cloisters Castle in a suburb of her hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. And despite their picturesque venue, Pinkett Smith and her mom both acknowledged that it was less than stellar.

“The wedding was horrible,” Banfield-Norris conceded. “It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant … She didn’t cooperate with anything.”

Laughing, Pinkett Smith agreed, saying, “And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle.”

Conversely, Smith — who, in March, earned his first Oscar for a masterful portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, 80, in the feature film “King Richard” — was positively giddy on their wedding day.

“There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted anything other than being married and having a family,” he said during the episode. “From literally 5 years old, I was picturing what my family would be.”

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Smith laughed about his wife’s repugnance to their wedding day. Red Table Talk

Pinkett Smith’s visceral aversion to their nuptials notwithstanding, she and Smith ultimately agreed that getting hitched was, in fact, “the right call.”

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And Banfield-Norris apologized for failing to respect her daughter’s protest about a wedding and for being “selfish” by insisting on a lavish ceremony, owing to the fact that Pinkett Smith is her only child.

The re-emerged “Red Table Talk” tape comes on the heels of more excavated footage from the couple’s rocky recent past.

Per a 2019 Instagram Live clip, a seemingly annoyed Smith reprimanded his wife for broadcasting him on social media without his prior consent.

“Don’t just start filming me without asking me,” said Smith in response to Pinkett Smith showing his face on camera while asking, “Would you say [therapist Esther Perel] has been instrumental in you and I redefining our relationship?”

And when the actress dismissed her husband’s upset as “foolishness,” Smith retorted: “My social media presence is my bread and butter. So you can’t just use me for social media. Don’t just start rolling; I’m standing in my house. Don’t start rolling.”

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So far, neither Smith nor Pinkett Smith has publicly commented on the resurfaced videos.

What’s Happened To Will Smith Since He Got Canceled

Will Smith Bright premiere

Will Smith was once at the top of the world. He was a best-selling author, an award-winning actor, and an influencer with a following in the millions. However, a heated altercation at the 2022 Oscars changed everything.

While Chris Rock was presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature Film, the comedian poked fun at Smith’s wife, actor Jada Pinkett Smith, for having a shaved head. “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, alright,” Rock said. Following the joke, Smith walked on the stage, slapped the comedian across the face and cursed him out from his seat, saying “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth,” as reported by E! Online.

Since the heated incident with Rock on stage, the “King Richard” star has faced intense criticism from his peers and fans, and he’s faced severe consequences for his actions. Here’s all that has happened to Smith since he got canceled.

Smith lost his Academy Award privileges

Will Smith 2022 Oscar win

Almost immediately after the Oscars fray, Will Smith felt the heat from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization at the heart of the awards ceremony. In the week following the incident, the “Aladdin” star initiated a disciplinary action for himself and resigned from the Academy. In a statement obtained by CNN, Smith expressed regret for his actions and suggested he was dedicated to learning from his mistakes. ” I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements,” he wrote. “. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

However, this wasn’t the only punishment he received in conjunction with the Academy. In the days following the actor’s resignation, the board of governors issued a statement that declared Smith would be banned from all Academy events, both virtual and in-person, for the next 10 years. Per NPR, the statement read, in part, “This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy.”

Several of his film deals have fallen through

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Many of Will Smith’s film projects were negatively impacted by the Oscars incident. While some were simply put on the backburner, others appeared to have been abandoned altogether. On April 2, 2022, just days after the awards show, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Smith’s upcoming film with Netflix, “Fast and Loose,” had been put on hold. However, it’s worth noting that the film’s director, David Leitch, had also backed away from the project a week prior to the Oscars incident, which could have had an influence on the streaming giant’s decision.

“Fast and Loose” was not the only Netflix gig Smith lost. According to CNET, the platform also canceled plans to start production on “Bright 2,” a sequel to David Ayer’s critically panned yet popular 2017 film, “Bright.” Outside of Netflix, the “King Richard” actor also had his Disney+ nature show, “Pole to Pole,” delayed. Meanwhile, Variety reported that the release date of his prestige Apple TV+ film, Antoine Fuqua’s “Emancipation,” had been pushed back to 2023.

Others projects are still going strong

Will Smith Aladdin premiere 2019

Though many film and television companies have dropped Will Smith from existing deals, others have stuck by the actor’s side and remain unaffected by the Oscar controversy. For example, Smith’s film, “Bad Boys 4,” is still greenlit and has plans to move forward in production. Addressing the rumors that the film was stalled due to the incident, Sony chairman Tom Rothman told Deadline, “No. That was inaccurate. That movie’s been in development and still is. There weren’t any brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving.” The chairman also noted that he has a years-long relationship with Smith and believes that while he had a bad moment, he’s a decent guy who is deserving of forgiveness.

In addition to “Bad Boys 4,” the actor is also allegedly in talks with his production company Westbrook Studios to star in “I Am Legend 2,” a sequel to his popular 2007 film. Regarding the upcoming movie, a source claimed to The Sun, “The script is being written mentioning his character and as of yet, Will remains attached to the project.” While the actor was seemingly still active in film projects, one place he was certainly not still active was on the internet.

His social media following skyrocketed

Will Smith Cinemacon 2016

When someone is involved in such a controversial event, being canceled and subsequently losing fans and followers across social media is not only common but also expected. Prior to the Oscars altercation, Will Smith spent years growing his social media presence. He frequently posted vlogs on YouTube, shared behind-the-scenes pictures on Instagram, and even dabbled on TikTok. His influencer status online is so important that the “Men in Black” actor once sternly told his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in an Instagram live video (via The New York Post), “My social media presence is my bread and butter. So you can’t just use me for social media.”

Thankfully for Smith, his bread and butter was not impacted in a negative way after the Oscars. As a matter of fact, while the star stepped back from updating his profiles, his social media following apparently skyrocketed. Following the incident, the star’s Social Blade statistics (via HITC) seemed to indicate his Instagram followers increased by 163,000 followers to a total of 61.5 million. As of writing, the stars Instagram followers appeared to have increased even further to 64.2 million.

Clearly, in terms of social media, Smith still appears to hold a significant following, which can only help his comeback in the future.

Red Table Talk may address the incident

Will and Jada 2022 Oscars

A large focus of the Oscars incident was Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The “Scream 2” star has been open about her experiences with alopecia, a hair loss condition, and her decision to shave her head because of it. She could be seen rolling her eyes at Chris Rock’s jibe concerning her look prior to the on-stage fracas.

Jada is also the host of “Red Table Talk,” an internet chat show that often tackles difficult and heavy subject matters in a real, raw manner. In the past, “Red Table Talk,” has been a platform to address a variety of difficult and controversial subjects, from the Jordyn Woods cheating incident with Tristan Thompson to Pinkett Smith’s entanglement with singer August Alsina. The Oscars incident may also be addressed on the show. In a note presented as a title card during the “Red Table Talk” season 5 premiere, Jada appeared to tease an upcoming episode about it. “Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing,” it read. “Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls.”

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In an episode titled, “Alopecia: The Devastating Impact,” the actor elaborated on the incident a little more. During a dedicated intro, she revealed, “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile.”

Many have publicly condemned his actions

Will Smith smiling at event

Following the Oscars slap, Will Smith received an inordinate amount of public condemnation, not just from fans, but also from peers in his field. Immediately after the event, many celebrities took to social media to share their input on the situation. While some were more neutral and gentle in their responses, others were fiercely critical.

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who has also faced her fair share of controversy and criticism, wrote on Twitter, “Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian. Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.” As reported by the New York Post, comedians and filmmakers such as Judd Apatow, Jeffrey Ross, and David Spade were among a handful of celebrities to criticize Smith for his actions.

While some public figures condemned Smith, others were compassionate and supportive. For example, “Girls Trip” actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish told People, “Maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives.” Others that showed solidarity with Smith included Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, and Denzel Washington whom the actor had thanked during his Oscars acceptance speech for consoling him following the incident.

He was scrutinized by Chris Rock’s family

Will Smith smiling, Chris Rock posing

Will Smith’s fellow celebrity peers were not the only ones to condemn him for his actions at the Oscars. Several in Chris Rock’s family, including his mother and brother, came forward to condemn the slap. Shortly after the incident, Smith issued a public apology on Instagram, which mentioned Rock. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong,” the actor wrote in the post. However, Kenny Rock, the comedian’s brother, wasn’t pleased with the public attempt at contrition. Regarding the apology, Kenny told the Los Angeles Times, “No, I don’t accept it because I don’t think it was genuine. I think his publicist and the people that work under him probably advised him to do that.”

In a similar fashion, Rose Rock, mother to the comedian, told WIS-TV that when she witnessed the slap from her home television, she felt as if she was slapped as well. Suggesting that Smith hadn’t personally contacted the comedian, she likewise criticized the actor’s Instagram apology and said, “His people wrote up a piece saying I apologize to Chris Rock, but you see something like that is personal, you reach out.”

As of writing, Chris has seldom addressed the event. However, days after the incident he told the crowd of his stand-up show that he was still processing the incident. He then quickly deflected to another subject, asking the audience, “So, how was your weekend?” (via CNBC)

Smith sought out therapy

Will Smith looking sad

Throughout his long career, Will Smith mostly managed to maintain a reputation for being a decent and respectable celebrity. Subsequently, the Oscar altercation may have seemed out of character to those who know him personally, as well as fans who love him. According to ET, Smith started going to therapy shortly after the incident took place, but other details, such as the type of therapy, as well as the location and therapy group, were not stated in the report.

Despite not knowing much about the actor’s therapy sessions, sources have shared what may have pushed Smith to the point of yelling and slapping Chris Rock on stage. Regarding the incident, a source told The Sun, “Essentially . Will was deeply triggered by Chris’s demeaning comments about his wife’s alopecia. He was taken straight back to childhood, seeing his mum getting abused by his dad.” In his 2021 memoir, “Will,” the actor touched upon the guilt he felt at being unable to step up and defend his mom. One day, after witnessing his dad hurt her so bad that she was spitting blood, Smith wrote, “Within everything that I have done since then . there has been a subtle string of apologies to my mother for my inaction that day.”

The source further revealed to The Sun that Smith is eager to work through his childhood trauma in therapy, which will hopefully make a difference in how he approaches and deals with conflict in the future.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship Timeline

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Will and Jada

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are one of the most fascinating couples in Hollywood. Not only are they masters at their craft, but they also have a beautiful family that includes: Jaden, Willow, and Will’s son from a previous marriage, Willard “Trey” Smith III.

The talented family once kept their world very private, piquing the interests of their fans and other alike, but recently they have pulled back the curtains on their family dynamics to share with the world what really goes on in the Smith household. From shining together in the spotlight to getting caught up in “entanglements,” the couple continues to be “life partners” that will forever be connected spiritually, emotionally, and lovingly. Read on for a full timeline of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship.

  • The couple met on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990.
  • The Smiths wed in 1997 after a few years of dating.
  • They welcomed son Jaden shortly thereafter in 1997 and daughter Willow in 2000.
  • The couple famously discussed their marriage ups and downs on Jada’s Red Table Talk in 2020.

1990: First Looks

Will and Jada first met on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when she auditioned for her role on the famed show. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the part. “The first time I met you was at the Fresh Prince audition. I think I was 19, and they [producers] told me I was too short,” the 49-year-old mother recalled on an episode of her Facebook series, Red Table Talk.

Will went on to reveal how he missed his opportunity to connect with Jada. “I saw this girl on A Different World and her name is Jada,” the 51-year-old recalled telling his TV-show cousin, Alphonso Riberio. “I walked in and sat down in the audience at A Different World and the taping started.”

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Will then explained that he noticed Sheree Fletcher Zampino, who later became his wife. “So I went to A Different World to meet Jada and met Sheree,” he explains. Jada may not have been his princess at the time, but she later became his queen.

Will Smith and family

December 31, 1997: Getting Married

After dating for a few years, Jada—wearing a champagne-colored velvet gown by Badgley Mischka—walked down the aisle to tie the know with her soon-to-be husband, Willard Smith, who was dressed in a dapper white tux.

Despite the lovely nuptials, Jada revealed that she never wanted to get married. “I was under so much pressure being a young actress and pregnant, and I didn’t know what to do,” she explained in the same episode. She also mentioned that she was in her first trimester carrying Jaden, and she was not feeling well during the lavish event. “I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed.”

July 8, 1998: Jaden Syre Smith Is Born

Jada gave birth to her first child, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, who is now 22.

“After my first trimester… being pregnant with you were some of the happiest moments of my life,” Pinkett Smith wrote in a Facebook video for her first child’s 21st birthday. “You were a tangible joy. When you were born, you became my first experience of tangible love. You have taught me so much about love and kindness. You have been a powerful teacher in my life. I feel so blessed you chose me to be your mom. Happy 21st to one of my dearest treasures. I love you Jaden.”

Jaden quickly proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when he showed off his acting skills in Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010), and The Get Down (2016). He’s even pursued a music career like his father and recently dropped his latest single, Bye, released from his 2021 fourth album that has yet to be titled.

October 31, 2000: Willow Smith Makes Her Grand Debut

In October of 2000, the couple welcomed to the world their only girl, who they named Willow Camille Reign Smith.

In an episode of Red Table Talk, Will opened up about his close relationship with his daughter. “Willow’s the only female relationship I’ve ever had that I didn’t mess up,” the star shared. “I’m sure there are aspects from Willow’s point of view [where] she would say, ‘No, you messed some stuff up, dad,’ but in my mind, I did right by her.”

Willow, 20, shares the gift for music with the rest of her family. The RTT co-host recently released her latest single, Transparent Soul, from her soon-to-be-released album, Lately, I Feel Everything.

June 28, 2005: Hosting The 5th Annual BET Awards

Hollywood’s royal couple made a grand entrance as they entered the award show on horse and carriage. The pair’s chemistry has a unique way of making married life look joyful and exciting.

April 3, 2013: An Open Marriage

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Jada did a sit-down interview on Huffington Live, where viewers read into the comments that she made, assuming that she and Will were in an open marriage. “I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,’” she told the host, Marc Lamont Hill. “Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that’s not for me to do for him. Or vice versa.”

Jade later clarified her statement in an open letter posted on her Facebook. “Here is how I will change my statement. Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship. this means we have a GROWN one.”

2016: The Entanglement

In a one-on-one conversation with Will, Jada brought herself to the “Red Table” in 2020 to candidly discuss details about their brief marital separation, which ultimately lead to her decision to date R&B singer, August Alsina in 2016. “I just wanted to feel good, it had been so long since I felt good,” she told viewers.”And it was really a joy to just help heal someone. I think that has a lot to do with my co-dependency.”

During the lengthy sit-down, Will assured his wife that he will love her through everything. In unison, the couple shared their marriage motto, “We ride together, we die together—bad marriage for life!”

September 25, 2019: Checking Things Off the Bucketlist

For Will’s 50th birthday, he wanted to do one thing: take his family skydiving in Dubai. The family all took a leap of faith, which was captured on Will’s Facebook Watch series, Will Smith’s Bucketlist.

When Jada landed safely on the ground, the family gave her a group hug as her playful husband inquired, “Are we still together?”

Jada, of course, walked away smiling.

April 29, 2020: “I Don’t Know Will At All”

During a RTT discussion titled, “How Your Relationship Can Survive Quarantine,” Pinkett Smith candidly shared, “I have to be honest. I think one of the things that I’ve realized is that I don’t know Will at all.”

Pinkett Smith further explained that they were learning to be friends during the pandemic. “You get into all these ideas of what intimate relationships are supposed to look like, what marriages are supposed to be.”

She added, “Will and I are in the process of him taking the time to learn to love himself, me taking the time to learn to love myself, right, and us building a friendship along the way.”

June 20, 2021: Celebrating Father’s Day

Jada posted a heartwarming Father’s Day message to her life partner. “Happy Father’s Day Willard. Thank you for being a wonderful Dad❣️.”

This multi-talented couple is proof that every relationship has its ups and downs, but a long-last marriage is one built on mutual trust, understanding, and joy. Here’s to many more years of happiness for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

March 27, 2022: The Talk of the Oscars

Will and Jada

The internet was buzzing after the 94th Academy Awards all thanks to this couple—and it wasn’t just because of their killer outfits. Things took a turn at the Oscars when Will slapped Chris Rock. After the comedian made a joke about Jada looking like G.I. Jane 2, referencing the actress’s bald head due to alopecia, Will lashed out. As he returned to his seat, he yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth,” all of which was censored. Later, the actor won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role, and during his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy for his altercation.




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