Will and Jada Smith have a complicated history in the long run of their marriage. Smith met Jada Pinkett on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, however, she was married to Sheree Zampino at the time. Following his divorce from Zampino, the duo started seeing each other.
The couple got married on new year’s Eve of 1997 when Pinkett was pregnant with their son, Jaden. However, Pinkett revealed that she never wanted to get married in the beginning. Talking to People in 2019, she said that she was married because her mother wanted to call her old school in the interview. Further, she said yes because Will also wanted a family.
Will Smith Was Jealous Over Jada Pinkett Smith’s Friendship With Tupac Shakur
“I hated that I wasn’t what he was in the world, and I suffered a raging jealousy: I wanted Jada to look at me like that,” Will said.
Tupac Shakur and Pinkett shared a close friendship after they met at Baltimore School for the Arts. They became even close over their shared passion for theatrical arts. The late rapper and Pinkett were under constant speculation among fans and press alike wondering if there is more to the relationship. However, both have clarified that their friendship is platonic.
Honestly confessing his jealousy in his memoir, Will, wrote that Pinkett and Tupac’s friendship really had an impact on his life. “In the beginning of our relationship, my mind was tortured by their connection,” Smith writes. “He was ‘PAC! and I was me … though they were never intimate, their love for each other is legendary.”
Further, Smith explained that he had trouble with Tupac’s “fearless passion” and “militant morality” comparing his own inability to stand up to his father. He also wrote that Tupac was more like his younger brother Harry, who would often stand up to their abusive father.
Adding more, he wrote that he’d find odd happiness when their relationship progressed for which Tupac’s and Pinkett’s distance would grow. However, “If she chose me over Tupac, there was no way I could be a coward,” he writes.
“I have rarely felt more validated. I was in a room with Tupac on multiple occasions, but I never spoke to him. The way Jada loved ‘Pac rendered me incapable of being friends with him. I was too immature.”
“I could never open up to interact with Pac. You know, because we had a little bit of a thing. You know, they grew up together and they loved each other, but they never had … a sexual relationship.”
Later, in an Instagram post caption, he wrote that his jealousy was so intense that it kept him from ever even speaking to the late rapper.
Complications in the Relationship of the Couple
The couple was in the buzz following rumors of infidelity in their marriage. They addressed the rumor in an episode of Red Table Talk.
Singer August Alsina said that he had a relationship with Pinkett in 2015 and that was with the King Richard actor’s permission.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation. Due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they have spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing,” the singer said.
Prior to addressing the relationship in public, the duo said that they were separated at the time of the Jada-August relationship. Later, she confirms that their relationship was romantic.
Later, Will publically revealed that they have mutually agreed to engage in other sexual relationships outside of the marriage
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage … Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship,” Will told GQ. “So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up.”
“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way,” he added.
“And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our 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.”
Smith got into further controversy when he slapped host Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar ceremony over a joke directed at his wife Jada Smith.