Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she, Will Smith were separated for 6 years before Oscars slap

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she, Will Smith were separated for 6 years before Oscars slap

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed she and Will Smith had been separated for six years before the 2022 Oscars — when he famously

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Jada Pinkett Smith revealed she and Will Smith had been separated for six years before the 2022 Oscars — when he famously slapped Chris Rock.

“We’re still figuring it out,” the “Girls Trip” star told People in an interview published Wednesday.

“We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together. We just got deep love for each other, and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us.”

Pinkett Smith said that despite the slap, which she thought “was a skit” at first, she will always support the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star.

“I’m going to be by his side,” she said of her longtime husband, “but also allow him to have to figure this out for himself.”

She said they’re “figuring” out their marriage.
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“We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together,” she added.
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The “Nutty Professor” actress, 52, admitted to the magazine that she only realized the attack on Rock, who had made a joke about her alopecia, was genuine when Smith, 55, walked back to his seat.

“’Are you OK?’” she recalled asking him once they were alone.

Although the pair had been separated for years, Pinkett Smith, who is releasing a tell-all memoir titled “Worthy” on Oct. 17, and her family never indicated their was any trouble in their marriage.

She plans to tell all in her forthcoming memoir, “Worthy,” out next week.
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The couple attended red carpet events as a family unit and even bought a new estate together, but in 2020, singer August Alsina said he and Pinkett Smith had an affair, to which he claimed the Oscar-winning actor had consented.


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Although the couple’s rep called the claims “absolutely untrue” at the time, Pinkett Smith later admitted to having an “entanglement” with Alsina. She also said she and Smith had been privately separated at the time of the affair.

About a year later, Smith revealed he and the “Scream 2” actress had an open marriage because they believed their union shouldn’t “feel like a prison.”

No matter what the state of their marriage is, the “Girls Trip” star said she’ll always be by the Oscar winner’s side.
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“I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody,” he said in his November 2022 GQ cover story.

“But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

Smith also acknowledged that his wife’s “entanglement” with Alsina made it seem like she was the only one to have an extramarital affair, but “that was not … in fact the case,” the author of the piece noted.

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