Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith share a longstanding marriage that has remained an open book to the public. Both actors have shared their moments of happiness and struggle with audiences over the years. While some of these discussions have been considered valuable insights for their audiences, others have stirred controversy. Apart from their relationship, the couple has also openly discussed parenting on several occasions.
While the Emancipation actor was in the spotlight for the Oscar slap incident, he was also a topic of discussion around that time due to the release of his autobiography, Will. The Hancock actor co-authored the book with the famous self-help author, Mark Manson, and Smith did not hold back on any details about his marital life.
The Time Will Smith Brought Jada Pinkett Smith To Tears
In his book, Will Smith detailed what he called the biggest argument in his marriage with Jada Pinkett Smith. The couple decided to attend therapy sessions to improve their relationship and save their marriage. During one session, both were asked to list their priorities in life. The couple took a few minutes to write it down and was then asked to exchange their list with each other.
As The Pursuit of Happyness actor went through Jada Smith’s list, he was confused and concerned, and it was even worse when he saw his wife in tears. Smith revealed that it was one of the most hurtful moments for him in their twenty-five years of marriage. Each of them had written down four priorities, and their order of priorities was entirely different.
The Red Table Talk host’s order was “the children, Will, Myself, Extended family, and friends”, while her husband’s order read, “Me, Jada, the Children, my career”. Recalling his wife’s emotional response, the Focus actor wrote in his book:
“‘I cannot believe you put yourself above our children,’ she said, her voice quivering.”
It was understandable for the Hawthorne actress to be upset about her husband’s priorities, after raising three children together. However, the King Richard actor had valid reasons for choosing his order of priorities.
Will Smith Tried To Justify His Choice Of Priorities To An Upset Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith, at every given chance, talks about his family and how they collectively tackle all the minor and major issues in each of their lives. However, his priorities were as surprising to readers as they were to Jada Pinkett Smith. The Men In Black actor explained to the Gotham actress that taking care of oneself is essential to caring for their family.
Assuring that he loved her and his children above anything else in the world, the Bad Boys actor tried to use an airline analogy to explain himself. Smith compared the situation to when airlines instruct passengers to put on their oxygen masks before helping others. Further explaining his choices to his wife, the Seven Pounds actor wrote in his book:
“‘Jada, all I’m saying is that if you don’t go to the gym, if you don’t eat right, if you don’t take your mental and emotional condition as primarys, you’re not going to be as good a mother. You take care of your kids by taking care of yourself.’”
However, Jada Smith was not ready to accept her husband’s explanation. The Girls Trip actress was heartbroken, and Smith wrote that she even refused to wipe off her tears. However, the couple seemed to have resolved the argument and continued to cherish their marriage to this day.
Source: Will by Will Smith, Mark Manson