Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, acknowledged that she «really didn’t want to get married.»
Despite Smith’s iconic Oscars smackdown of Chris Rock and the Academy’s decision Friday to ban him from the ceremony for ten years, the «Matrix» actress admits to «weeping down the freaking aisle» before marrying the «Fresh Prince of Bel-Air» star on New Year’s Eve in 1997.
In a recently revived piece from her Facebook series «Red Table Talk,» Pinkett Smith, 50, stated, «I was under so much stress, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant, and I didn’t know what to do.» I didn’t want to get married.
In a clip from 2018 that has surfaced amid fresh controversy surrounding her sleazy «entanglement» with R&B singer August Alsina, 29, Pinkett Smith candidly recalls her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also known as «Gammy,» 68, forcing her and Smith to wed after she became pregnant with their first son, Jaden, now 23.
When she sat at the octagonal table with her mother, Smith, 53, and their daughter Willow, 21, Pinkett Smith reaffirmed, «I didn’t want to get married.
Smith laughed and said to Willow, «We only got married because Gammy was crying.
Banfield-Norris acknowledged, «I remember feeling really passionately and wanting you guys to get married. It was almost as if Gammy was saying, ‘You have to get married, so let’s chat about the wedding,'» Pinkett Smith continued.
Pinkett Smith’s mother married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr., for a brief period of time when still just 18 years old when she fell pregnant with her daughter.
Banfield-Norris said, «I remember wanting you and Will to be married, but I don’t remember your rejecting the concept of marriage.» «I remember not being rejected for a marriage, but for a wedding.»
Following that, Pinkett Smith claimed she was coerced into giving Big Day her consent.
And now I’m being pressured to have a wedding because Gammy went to Will and sobbed, «I don’t want a wedding,» she said. Because I was thinking, «This is serious business,» she explains that all she wanted was for there to be just the two of us on a mountain.
In a Baltimore suburb’s Gothic Cloisters Castle, Jada and Will exchanged vows. Pinkett Smith and her mother both acknowledged that it was less than ideal despite the lovely setting.
The wedding, according to Banfield-Norris, «was horrible.» It was a catastrophe. Jada was ill and a pain in my side… She made no effort to cooperate.
Laughing, Pinkett Smith added, «And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was crying my way down the stench-filled aisle because I was so furious. «I cried the whole way down the aisle,» the bride said.
Smith, on the other hand, was pleasantly overjoyed on the day of their wedding after winning his first Oscar in March for a superb portrayal of Richard Williams, 80, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the motion picture «King Richard.»
He stated in the show that «I never in my life didn’t want to be married and have a family.» Since I was around five years old, I have imagined my family.
Despite Pinkett Smith’s visceral objection to their wedding, she and Smith ultimately decided that it was «the right decision» to get married.
In addition, Banfield-Norris expressed guilt for not respecting Pinkett Smith’s daughter’s opposition to a wedding and for being «selfish» in her insistence on a lavish celebration because she is the only parent of the young woman.
Following the revelation of fresh information from the turbulent recent history of the marriage, the «Red Table Talk» recording reappeared.
A visibly irate Smith berated his wife for broadcasting him on media platforms without his consent in an Instagram Live video from 2019.
When Pinkett Smith asked Smith, «Would you say [therapist Esther Perel] has been crucial in you and I mending our relationship?» Smith replied, «Don’t just start filming me without asking.»
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