- Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with husband Will Smith, mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and daughter Willow Smith for the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk.”
- The actress recalled crying during her and Will’s 1997 wedding and said the experience was “horrible.”
- Pinkett Smith explained that she “never wanted to be married” but felt pressured to be after she became pregnant with son Jaden two years into dating Will.
During the latest episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” titled “Becoming Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” the actress sat down with mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, husband Will, and daughter Willow Smith.
While speaking candidly about how the couple’s relationship formed, Pinkett Smith said she was in tears when they tied the knot in 1997.
“It was a horrible wedding,” she said.
Banfield-Jones agreed, saying the ceremony “was a mess” and Pinkett Smith “was sick” and “very unpleasant.”
At the time, the “Girls Trip” star was three months pregnant with her and Will’s first child, Jaden. When Pinkett Smith realised that she was expecting a baby two years into their relationship, she cried the “whole night.” She also felt pressured by her mother to have a wedding ceremony rather than have a child out of wedlock.
Pinkett Smith added that she realised her life was “never going to be the same” and she “was under so much pressure being a young actress – being young, pregnant, I was just like, I didn’t know what to do. But I knew I never wanted to be married.”
She went on to say she was “so upset that I had to have a wedding” and “cried the whole way down the aisle.” Will, on the other hand, said he’d had the opposite reaction and couldn’t have been happier to marry Pinkett Smith.
“There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted anything other than being married and having a family,” he said. “Literally 5 years old, I was picturing what my family would be.”
Prior to tying the knot with Pinkett Smith, the “Men in Black” actor was married to Sheree Zampino from 1992 to 1995. The two had one child together, son Trey.
In the past, Pinkett Smith has explained that she’s against the concept of marriage because of the expectations that come with the title. During the episode of “Red Table Talk,” she added that she “just never really agreed with the construct” and doesn’t like “all of the rules and all of the ideas.”
Previously, Will opened up about their relationship and said the two “refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realise you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life.”
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