Will Smith addresses 'unconventional' relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith: 'Marriage can't be a prison'

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
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Will Smith revealed that Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t the only one to have an “entanglement” during their 23-year marriage.

In a November GQ cover story, the 53-year-old explained that their relationship stopped being monogamous after Pinkett Smith’s affair went public.

“Jada never believed in conventional marriage … Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up,” he explained to the magazine.

“There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? … And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection,” he continued.

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However, the “Men In Black” star revealed that they decided to give “each other trust and freedom.”

“Marriage for us can’t be a prison,” he added.

However, he clarified that he doesn’t suggest their “road” for anybody.

The father of three continued: "But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love."

The author of the GQ story, Wesley Lowery, noteed that “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor “delicately explained’ that while Pinkett Smith’s relationship with August Alsina gave the perception that she was the only one that cheated, it wasn’t “the case.”

A year after the extramarital affair, Lowery says Smith explained that she wasn't "the only one engaging in other sexual relationships" outside of the union.

In July 2020, Pinkett Smith confirmed she was in a romantic relationship with the musician while she was briefly separated from Will Smith.

“The public has a narrative that is impenetrable,” Smith told the outlet of the situation, adding, “Once the public decides something, it’s difficult to impossible to dislodge the pictures and ideas and perceptions.”

During an honest episode of “Red Table Talk” in 2020, she noted: “We did everything we could to get away from each other, only to realize that’s not possible.”

Pinkett Smith said the moment in their relationship offered her an opportunity to learn “so much about myself.”

She noted she was “really able to confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity — and I was really able to do some really deep healing.”

Smith and Pinkett Smith have been married since 1997. He is set to release his memoir, titled "Will," in November.

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