If you want to know where Will and Jada Pinkett Smith met, when they got married, and how their marriage has been tested over the years – look no further
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The marriage of Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett has been brought back into the spotlight after the actor stood up in sensational form in defense of his wife at this year’s Oscars.
Inflamed by Chris Rock mocking his wife’s hair, Will approached the cartoon on stage and punched him in the face before yelling at him not to talk about Jada again.
The duo have been together for almost three decades and have three children between them – but their marriage has faced some high profile challenges over the years.
However, the union of 53-year-old Will and 50-year-old Jada was considered one of the strongest in Hollywood.
Here’s how Will and Jada first met, how his first marriage was shaken by their meeting, affair shockers and the reason why both found themselves back in the glamorous celebrity spotlight.
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The original meeting
Will Smith has his The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to thank for his entire marriage to Jada Pinkett – who auditioned to be on the show.
She would have played as a character named Beullah ‘Lisa’ Wilkes who appeared in season five of the program that aired in 1994 – but Jada was cared for by the cast agents and the role eventually went to Gia Long.
Will wrote in his autobiography about Jada’s failed audition and wrote: “Apparently the cast only told her she is not long enough to play my girlfriend in the program.
“She hated it from Hollywood – that her height (or lack thereof) was somehow more crucial to art than her abundant talents. Unaware of it all, I walked into the river.
“I have in a [bathroom] stall and I cried incessantly and laughed, and I knew [Jada] was the woman I was supposed to be with. ”
Although Will knew Jada was the woman he ‘should have’ been with, there was the small problem that he was already married to a woman named Sheree Zampino.
In 1992, Will and Sheree remained married until 1995, when they filed for divorce – with Sheree being the one to see that the romance was over.
However, the couple stayed close, with Will wishing his ex a very public happy birthday in 2018 and tweeting: “Happy Bday, @shereezampino. #Best BabaMa ever! 🙂 I love you, Ree-Ree . ”
After Sheree asked to end her marriage to Will, the Gettin ‘Jiggy white It singer felt free to approach Jada for an appointment.
According to Oprah Daily, the star asked Jada if she “sees anyone” and when she answered “no”, he declared: “Cool, you see me now.”
Jada then moved from her native Baltimore to live in California and be near Will.
The Fresh Prince star’s divorce was finalized in late 1995 and he was then free to release for Jada in November 1997.
Will and Jada got stuck in a private ceremony in Baltimore in 1997 – but it sounds like it was far from a happy day.
During one of her Red Table Talk discussions, Jada opened up about their big day – which was kept so secret that no invitations were ever issued.
After all, it sounds like Jada twisted her arm to exchange vows with her now-husband.
She said in her speech: “I was so upset that I had to have a wedding.
“I was so angry. I cried down the freakin ‘corridor to get married. “
Jada and Will share two children – with their son, Jaden, the eldest born in July 1998 and their daughter, Willow, born in October 2000.
Both Jaden and Willow are in the entertainment industry – both engaged in music and acting.
Will previously told People magazine about his and Jada’s approach to parenting: “We are not strict, but we certainly believe it is a very important component for raising children. It creates safety for them. They understand That they need guidance. “
Will also has a 29-year-old son named Trey, who is himself an actor and musician, from his first marriage to Sheree.
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Hollywood was in turmoil when rumors surfaced in 2020 that Jada was enjoying a relationship with 29-year-old August Alsina.
Jada’s publicists unequivocally denied that a relationship had ever taken place, hacked reports and declared that it was “absolutely not true.”
But just 24 hours later, Jada sheepishly confirmed that the affair did happen, and she hosted a special Red Table Talk with Will where she discussed her infidelity.
She described her chase with August as an “entanglement” and claimed she and Will were secretly on a break and that she was not in contact with August after she and Will reconciled.
Hollywood was once again rocked on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the 94th annual Oscars in Los Angeles, where the A List had a seat in the front row for a massacre between Will and comedian Chris Rock.
The vicious incident took place after Chris made a joke about Jada’s appearance that was badly judged – and said she could not wait to see her in “GI Jane 2” because of her bald appearance.
Chris claimed he was unaware that Jada had shaved her head due to the fact that she was suffering from alopecia.
Will shocked the live audience and spectators as he jumped from his chair, rolled over to Chris, punched him in the face and then returned to his seat where he repeatedly shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fuck. mouth!”
The incident sparked widespread debate with some suggesting that Willy did it to defend his wife – but many critics argued that it did not excuse his violent actions, and that Jada had always been confident and outspoken enough to oppose any to defend abuse.