For years we’ve heard rumors that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are in an open marriage — which, hey, whatever works.
But Pinkett Smith stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Wednesday, where she basically said Smith is free to do what he wants, as long as he can look at himself in the mirror afterwards.
“Here’s the deal with that, Howard, you’ve got to trust who you’re with. And at the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher,” the “Gotham” star told Stern. “I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man. Here’s what I trust — I trust that the man that Will is, is the man of integrity. So, he’s got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be okay, I’m good.”
Though Pinkett Smith gave HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill almost the exact same soundbite in April 2013 when asked about the rumors, it does sound pretty reasonable, doesn’t it. Trust. Freedom. Integrity. Those are all solid building blocks that would make a lasting relationship, right?
And when Stern asked if Smith is the kind of man who would admit to her if he was attracted to another woman, the actress replied, “Absolutely, you have to in this business, because I’m going to know anyway!”
Back in 2013, there were rumors that Smith was cheating on Pinkett Smith with his “Focus” co-star Margot Robbie,who of course denied the claims. These kinds of stories are part of the territory that come with fame and success, but it can’t feel good reading about a spouse’s alleged betrayal in the pages of a tabloid.
“Here is what’s real — I’m not the kind of woman that believes a man is not going to be attracted to other women,” she explained. “I’m just not that girl. It’s just not realistic. And just because your man is attracted to another woman, does not mean he doesn’t love you. That’s not what it means. And it doesn’t mean he’s going to act on it. If your man can’t really see another woman’s beauty, how the hell is he going to see yours?”
While Pinkett Smith, 43, seems to have a very realistic view on relationships, she also admitted that she thinks the couple, who married at the ages of 25 and 28 in 1997, were “too young” when they tied the knot. “Heck yeah! No, don’t do it,” she said about telling her kids to wait until they were older to get married. “It did work out, but let me tell you: It worked out in a way that thank God I had a husband who’s a gangster partner. Taking that road from 25 to 44.”
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