Jada Pinkett Smith Says the Pandemic Made Her Realize She ‘Does Not Know Will at All’

March 11, 2020

Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about how the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine is affecting her marriage to husband Will Smith.

On Wednesday’s Facebook Watch episode of Red Table Talk, co-hosted by her 19-year-old daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, the topic revolved around relationships in the epidemic.

Pinkett Smith spoke to Pastor John Gray and his wife, Avent, about the new dynamics the epidemic has brought to their relationship, and she mentioned her marriage to Smith.

“I have to be honest. I think one of the things I realized was that I didn’t know Will at all.” She said of her husband of 23 years.

When her mother further questioned why she felt that way, Pinkett-Smith replied, “I think you get to a level where life gets busy and you create these stories in your head and then you stick to those stories and that’s what you think about your partner, that’s not who your partner is.”


Pinkett Smith says she’s “going through a process right now that in order to really understand her husband, she has to dissolve all these stories and all these thoughts about Will.”

“It’s about intimacy,” the actress said.” It’s being able to go beyond what we know to understand who we love.”

Pinkett Smith then elaborated on how the couple is working together to get to know each other again, as she revealed that they are working on a friendship.

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“What Will and I are learning to do is be friends,” says Pinkett Smith.” You get caught up in all these ideas of what intimacy should look like, what marriage should look like.”

“Will and I are at the point where he’s taking time to learn to love himself, I’m taking time to learn to love myself, and we’re building a friendship in the process.” She added.

She also got real about marriage, admitting that it’s easy for relationships with married partners to become distant.

“Let me tell you, it’s about being married to someone for over 20 years and realizing that I don’t know you, you don’t know me, and realizing that there’s an aspect of yourself that you don’t know either,” she said.