- Jada Pinkett Smith spoke candidly about her idea of love during Monday’s episode of “Red Table Talk.”
- Pinkett Smith said growing up in a single-parent home resulted in “daddy issues.”
- She said she had to reevaluate her “perceptions” before she could be with husband Will Smith.
- Wale and “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni were the special guests on the episode titled “What Men Really Think About Love.”
Jada Pinkett Smith says she had to let go of anger towards men before she could be with her husband Will Smith.
On Monday’s episode of “Red Table Talk,” titled “What Men Really Think About Love,” Pinkett Smith explained how growing up in a single-parent home formed her perception of love.
“I grew up in a single-parent home. I didn’t see, all the time, healthy relationships,” she said. “I came to the table with a lot of pain, and I came to the table with a lot of brokenness, and most of all, I came to the table with some hardcore daddy issues.”
The actress said she had to change her thoughts before she could be in a happy and healthy relationship.
“It made me really angry towards men. I had very high expectations,” she said. “I was hard. … The way I ended up with Will – I had to change my whole perspective. … I can’t ask somebody to be for me what I’m not willing to be for them.”
The couple doesn’t refer to themselves as “married,” even though they have been since 1997, and instead, describe themselves as “life partners.” Jada reiterated that idea on Monday’s episode.
On an October 2018 episode of “Red Table Talk,” the two discussed rebuilding their relationship after early struggles because they weren’t going to split.
“I was devastated even worse than a divorce,” Smith said of the couple’s “low point.” “We broke up within our marriage and got back together again and had to rebuild with new rules and something way, completely different.”
They explained that they had to focus on understanding themselves before they could work together.
“We set each other free, and people really struggle with that,” Smith said. “The things that Jada needs to be happy, I’m not going to agree with them on. I truly have learned the definition of unconditional love.”
Rapper Walle and “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni were guests during Monday’s episode.
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