Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she and Will Smith have separated, reflects on Oscar slap


Jada Pinkett Smith is getting candid about her marriage to husband Will Smith.

The Girls Trip actress, 52, revealed in an interview with People that she and Smith, 55, have been separated for years.

Pinkett Smith explained that she and Smith had been separated for six years ahead of the 2022 Oscars, the night Chris Rock was infamously slapped.

“We’re still figuring it out,” she told the magazine of their marriage. “We’ve done some really hard work together. We love each other deeply and we’re going to figure out what that looks like for us.”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the Los Angeles premiere of “Emancipation” at the Regency Village Theater on November 30, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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People also shared an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming book “Worth It,” out on October 17, in which Pinkett Smith says she initially had “no idea” why Smith was so critical of comedian Rock taking her at the 2022 Oscars Joking about feeling “so uneasy”.

“We had always lived our separate lives, as a family rather than together as husband and wife,” she wrote. “But when I heard Will yelling ‘wife’ over the chaos, something changed inside me. Oh… I’m his wife!’ It happened immediately.”

Pinkett Smith told People magazine of the slap that led to Smith, who won the Best Actor award that night, to resign from the Academy and be banned from the Oscars for 10 years, “I thought, ‘This is a skit.'”

“I thought, ‘There’s no way Will is going to hit him,'” she recalled. “It wasn’t until Will started walking back to his chair that I realized this wasn’t a skit.”

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage during the 94th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.

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Pinkett Smith’s first words to her husband after the show were: “Are you okay?” She decided “to be there for him, but also to let him figure this out on his own.”

The Hollywood couple, who married on New Year’s Eve 1997, have three children: son Jaden, daughter Willow and Smith’s son Trey, who Pinkett Smith calls The “extra son” from his marriage to Sheree Zampino.

As she and Smith navigated their marriage, the “A Different World” alum said she leaned on her children, saying, “They taught me a deep sense of self-acceptance.”

“They love every part of me,” she added, praising “the amount of love they have for me and their dad, unconditional love.”

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