These Bizarre Details About Will And Jada Prove They’re Hollywood’s Most Unconventional Couple

It seems that Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have always had an unconventional relationship. And because they’re in the spotlight so much, everyone gets to observe the ups and downs of their marriage. The couple sometimes set the record straight via Jada’s show Red Table Talk. But even if you watch it religiously, you still might not know all these things.

1. Jada was pregnant when the couple wed

A couple of years into the couple’s relationship, Jada discovered she was pregnant with Jaden. And her mother Adrienne insisted the couple got married. The chat show host recalled to People magazine in 2019 that her mom “called Will and cried her freaking eyes out, so then I had to have a wedding and that was infuriating.”

2. There were rumors about Jada and Marc Anthony

In 2011, rumors spread that Jada was cheating on Will with musician Marc Anthony. In order to quell the gossip, the Smiths ended up releasing a statement to People magazine. It read, “Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact.”

3. Will was bold when asking Jada out

After Will divorced his first wife, he decided to contact Jada and ask her out. He told the story on a 2018 Red Table Talk, and it goes like this: When his future wife informed him she wasn’t seeing anybody, the star smoothly responded with “Cool, you’re seeing me now.” It was a risky move, but it worked like a charm.

4. Will makes Jada laugh

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In a 2010 interview with the Bay State Banner newspaper, Jada was asked, “When was the last time you had a good laugh?” She answered, “Oh, I laugh hard every day. I mean, my husband is Will Smith! I’m telling you, that’s one of the joys of being married to him. My life is full of laughter because of that man.”

5. Jada auditioned to be Will’s Fresh Prince girlfriend

Will and Jada met for the very first time back in 1997, when she auditioned to play his romantic interest on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The future Mrs Smith didn’t get the role, though, reportedly because she was too short. Actor Nia Long got the part instead. But who knows what would have happened if things had been different?

6. Jada once had a sex addiction

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In a July 2018 episode of Red Table Talk Jada revealed a little-known fact about herself. She once had a very specific mental health issue. As the host told her co-stars and the cameras, “When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind, yes, that everything could be fixed by sex.”

7. The couple have described their relationship in an unusual way

During a 2010 Oprah interview, the couple said they created a “marriage business plan” for themselves. Will explained, “If you don’t have a purpose for your relationship, if you don’t have a place that you’re going, something that you want to accomplish, something that you want to do, you can really get lost in the murk of the journey.” And Jada also considered the Smiths, “a family business.”

8. The wedding was very private

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When Will and Jada married in 1997, they were absolutely determined that the paparazzi wouldn’t be there. So devoted were they to keeping their wedding a secret that they didn’t even tell the guests where the ceremony was taking place. Instead they put them up in a hotel, hired limos and told everyone to follow directions given to them in an envelope.

9. The Smiths aren’t Scientologists

For years there have been rumors that the couple are members of the extremely controversial religion Scientology. They’ve always denied being involved, although Jada has admitted she did have an interest in the faith at one point. During an October 2018 episode of Red Table Talk Will declared, “We’ve never been Scientologists.”

10. Jada has a “bonus son”

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When Will wed Jada, he had already been married once and had a child, Trey, from that first union. Jada considers Trey her “bonus son” and has refers to him as such in Instagram posts. The two appear to have a very close bond. And in 2018 Trey made his own Instagram post where he called his mother and stepmother “two angels.”

11. Will was a fan of Jada before marrying her

From 1991 to 1993 Jada played Lena James in the TV sitcom A Different World. Will happened to watch the show and he very much liked what he saw. In a October 2018 episode of Red Table Talk he told Jada, “I knew there was something in our energy that would be magic.” But at the time, the star was still married.

12. Will once took Jada skydiving

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In 2019 the former musician premiered a new show, Will Smith’s Bucket List. Right at the beginning he announced, “My wife made the mistake of telling me that she would do whatever I wanted for my birthday. And then what I told her was that I wanted her to skydive with me.” The whole family ended up throwing themselves out of a plane, apart from an incredulous Willow.

13. Jada was involved with another man while still married – allegedly with Will’s blessing

In 2020 it shockingly transpired that Jada had been seeing singer August Alsina while still married. As the news spread, Alsina claimed in an interview with Angela Yee that he “sat down with Will and had a conversation” and that the star had given his “blessing” for them to date. But at the same time, the host said that the musician had only perceived it as permission because she and her husband had briefly split.

14. The Smiths have been accused of pushing their children too hard

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Siblings Willow and Jaden Smith have been in the spotlight since they were very young, but there’s some controversy over how they ended up in showbusiness before they were even teenagers. Will eventually publicly acknowledged that he regretted pushing Willow so hard. And, on Red Table Talk the teenager said she forgave him.

15. Jada didn’t have anyone give her away at the wedding

Jada Smith always had a very difficult relationship with Robsol Pinkett, Jr, her father. Allegedly, he was abusive to her mother, Adrienne, in the past. So he wasn’t invited to walk the star down the aisle when she married Will. Instead, the bride and groom walked to the altar together.

16. Will was attracted to Jada’s intellect

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When Will was interviewed for Ebony magazine in 1996, he discussed one of the things that drew him to his wife. He said, “My number one attraction to Jada is intellectual. She’s just someone whom I can talk to about anything. I’ve never been able to step outside of my maleness to share myself with someone. She’s the first person with whom I’ve been able to break that down.”

17. The Smiths are hugely philanthropy

Will and Jada are, unsurprisingly, one of the richest couples in showbusiness. The couple reportedly have a net worth of about $250 million – but have given a lot of it away. They’ve contributed to, among other things, inner city development charities, the Make-A-Wish and the Lupus Foundations. And ever since 1996 they’ve also had their own organization.

18. There were rumors Will cheated with a model

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In 2017, the year which marked the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary, the internet was abuzz with rumors of infidelity. Namely, that Will was cheating on his wife with Sports Illustrated model Heidy De La Rosa. This speculation, though, was based on little more than the two following each other on Instagram and being photographed together occasionally.

19. Will and Jada don’t punish their kids

In 2013 Will spoke to the Metro newspaper about his and Jada’s parenting style. He said, “We don’t do punishment. The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment… It has a little too much of a negative quality.”

20. August Alsina wrote a song about Jada

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When Jada came clean about the August Alsina incident on a July 2020 episode of Red Table Talk, she called it an “entanglement.” Before the end of the month, Alsina had released a song with exactly that as the title. Notably it featured the line, “I know that we don’t call it a relationship, but you’re still f***ing with me.”

21. Will and Jada’s honeymoon was a short one

Will and Jada had a fabulous, expensive wedding. Flowers were flown in from New Zealand and hundreds of candles were placed around their chosen venue, a beautiful mansion near Baltimore. But they didn’t get as luxurious a honeymoon. The couple only had three days in Miami before the rapper-turned-actor had to go film Enemy of the State.

22. Jada has referenced “betrayals”

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Jada revealed something quite surprising in a June 2019 episode of Red Table Talk. She said, “I’m asked a lot about, ‘Is there infidelity in your relationship with Will?’ And it’s like, ‘No, but there’ve been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.’”

23. Jada didn’t always get along with Will’s first wife

For the first episode of Red Table Talk in 2018, Jada invited Will’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher, to speak with her. The two women admitted they hadn’t always had the best relationship, as the host confessed, “The beginning between us was rough.” But these days, the pair are actually friends. Sheree later revealed, “You took the initiative to make things right.”

24. The Smiths boycotted the 2016 Oscars

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Will and Jada were among a few celebrities who boycotted the 2016 Academy Awards to protest the lack of racial diversity among nominees. On Martin Luther King’s birthday Jada posted a Facebook video explaining their decision. During the clip, she said, “I can’t help but ask the question: Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”

25. Will built a house for Jada, but it made their relationship worse

During Will’s 2018 appearance on Red Table Talk, he recalled that during a bad spot in their marriage, he built Jada a house. But when he told his wife, “I built this house for you,” she responded, “You built this house for you.” The star said on the show, “In my mind I was saying I was building it for her, but I wasn’t. I wanted this house.”

26. Jada considers herself “co-dependent”

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During a 2019 interview with The Guardian newspaper, Jada described herself as “deeply co-dependent.” She went on, “It’s what got me into the dynamic of the relationship I have with Will. You know, you start off thinking, ‘It’s his fault, if he hadn’t…’ No, no, no – nobody put a gun to your head, Missy. What was your responsibility in this? Cos you’re a** is co-dependent, that’s what.”

27. Willow once walked in on her parents having sex

During a June 2018 episode of Red Table Talk Willow revealed that her “introduction to sex” came when she accidentally walked in on her parents. The teenager told her shocked mother, “I was going downstairs to get some juice and I saw for a little moment and I ran away. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is so crazy. What did I just see?’”

28. Will told Jada he would quit trying to make her happy

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During the fallout from the Alsina affair, an old 2018 Instagram video of Will resurfaced. In it he said, “Whether or not a person is happy is deeply and totally and utterly out of your control… I literally said to Jada, ‘That’s it. I retire. I retire from trying to make you happy. I need you to go make yourself happy and just prove to me that it’s even possible.’”

29. The couple don’t say they’re married

During a 2018 interview for the Rap Radar podcast, Will revealed that he and Jada, “don’t even say we’re married anymore. We refer to ourselves as ‘life partners,’ where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life.” He added, “There’s nothing she could do, ever, nothing that would break our relationship.”

30. Will wanted to be the opposite of his father

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On an episode of Red Table Talk during 2018, Will recalled that his childhood left a very deep mark on his psyche. He said, “I grew up in a household where I was scared, and watched my father beat my mother up, right? So I was gonna build the complete opposite of that. It’s gonna be wonderland! Everybody’s gonna be happy all the time!” But this vision led to other family problems further down the line.

31. Jada met August Alsina at a difficult time

When Jada first became friends with August Alsina, it was after he’d developed an addiction to painkillers. In fact, he even discussed his mental health on Red Table Talk back in 2018. Alsina then asked for the host’s help recovering and gradually it turned into a romance. Jada had experience in that area as her mother had also fought a drug problem.

32. 2010 was the worst year of marriage for Will

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Eight years after the fact, Will recalled on Red Table Talk how awful 2010 had been for him. He said, “There was a period where [Jada] woke up and cried 45 days straight. I started keeping a diary. It was every morning. I think that’s the worst I’ve ever felt in our marriage. I was failing miserably, but on the outside I was winning.”

33. The Smith home is amazing

Will and Jada ended up splashing some of their movie star money on a truly spectacular home. The lakeside Calabasas house, where Red Table Talk is filmed, has many luxurious features. And they include a basketball court, a meditation lounge, nine bedrooms, a recording studio and a movie theater among other things.

34. Will got angry when Jada swore

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Because of Will’s own upbringing, he found some aspects of his marriage very difficult. During a 2018 Red Table Talk episode, the star admitted that he had always vowed never to create “a house, a space, an interaction with a person where there’s profanity and violence.” Thus when Jada swore at him on one occasion, he told his future wife they’d split up if she continued to talk like that.

35. Jada has had incidents with Will’s fans

As an A-list movie star, Will naturally gets a lot of attention from women. In a May 2019 Red Table Talk episode Jada revealed how she handled that situation. She recalled, “There was only like one or two times where I might have gotten a little hostile where I felt like people stepped over a boundary and they were disrespectful.”

36. Jada thought she “didn’t know” her husband

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When Jada self-isolated with Will in 2020, things got difficult. In April of that year she said on Red Table Talk, “One of the things I realize is that I don’t know Will at all… You’re forced to look at things differently.” However, she also added, “The thing that Will and I are learning to do is be friends.”

37. Will felt that Jada was “ungrateful”

When Will appeared on his 2018 Red Table Talk episode, Adrienne asked her son-in-law, “Did you ever feel like Jada was ungrateful?” And the star perhaps surprisingly answered, “Hell yeah.” But as their marriage progressed, he learned that assumption was incorrect. On the show the star admitted, “[Jada] was sacrificing herself to fit my picture.”

38. Jada didn’t really want to get married

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In June 2019 Jada revealed to People magazine, “I never wanted to get married. But my mother was like, ‘You have to get married’ – she’s so old school – and Will wanted a family. So I said, ‘All right, maybe it’s something I should do.’” Yet she even cried tears of anger on her wedding day.

39. Will and Jada named their kids after themselves

This detail seems obvious once you realize it. Will and Jada gave their children their own first names, just gender-switched. So Will became Willow and Jada became Jaden. And Will’s oldest son, Trey, also shares a moniker with his dad . In fact, his full name is actually Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III. Yep, Will is short for Willard.

40. Will and Jada have been to marriage counseling

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Will told The Sun newspaper in 2016 that he and Jada had been to relationship counseling, and it saved their relationship. He said, “What happens in a marriage once you do counseling, the truth comes out… For me it’s the dark before the dawn. When the truth comes out and people have to say who they are and what they think, you get to know who they are.”

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