An intimate look into life, love, and resilience.
In a forthcoming memoir titled “Worthy,” celebrated actress Jada Pinkett Smith provides an intimate and honest look into her life, marriage, and career. The memoir is set to release on October 17, 2023, and promises to offer readers a deeper understanding of the ups and downs she and her husband, Will Smith, have faced during their long-lasting marriage.
One of the most significant revelations from the memoir is the acknowledgment that Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have been living “completely separate lives” since 2016. While they have not legally divorced, this candid admission brings forth the challenges the couple has navigated in recent years. In a clip from an NBC News primetime special with Hoda Kotb, Pinkett Smith disclosed that they had chosen not to go public with their separation earlier as they were “still trying to figure out between the two of us, how to be in partnership.”
Pinkett Smith reflects on the complexities of their partnership and the process of presenting it to the public. She mentioned, “How do we present that to people? We hadn’t figured that out.”
The marriage came under increased scrutiny in recent years, notably after singer August Alsina revealed his romantic involvement with Pinkett Smith, which she later confirmed during an episode of “Red Table Talk.” Pinkett Smith explained that the relationship with Alsina occurred during a “very difficult time” in her marriage with Will Smith.
#WillSmith and #JadaPinkettSmith have been separated since 2016.#Jada confession has not only exposed the cracks in their marriage, but also damaged Smith's reputation and image in Hollywood. pic.twitter.com/Xqj1vEbGGI
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In another public incident, the 2022 Academy Awards saw Will Smith storm the stage and slap presenter Chris Rock after a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia-related hair loss. Pinkett Smith initially thought it was a comedic skit, emphasizing, “It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.” In an interview with People, Pinkett Smith disclosed her immediate concern for her husband’s well-being, asking, “Are you okay?”
Throughout her memoir, Jada Pinkett Smith delves into the multifaceted reasons that contributed to the fracturing of her marriage with Will Smith. She confessed, “I think by the time we got to 2016, we were both just exhausted with trying. I think we were both kind of still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.” Despite the challenges, she expressed her unwavering commitment to their relationship, stating, “I made a promise that there would never be a reason for her and Smith to divorce, and I just haven’t been able to break that promise.”
“Worthy” promises to offer readers an unfiltered view of Jada Pinkett Smith’s life and the experiences that have shaped her journey. The memoir provides a unique opportunity for fans and the public to gain deeper insights into her personal and professional life.