Jada Pinkett Says There Have Been ‘Betrayals’ in Her Marriage to Will Smith
In a sneak peek of Monday’s Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, spoke to therapist Esther Perel about how folks can betray each other in their own relationships.
Needless to say, it got personal real quick.
“What are the alternatives to divorce? Everybody thinks as soon as you find out there’s been an affair you have to get a divorce,” Jada asked.
“I’m not of that persuasion because I think there are many relational betrayals,” Esther responded. “Contempt, neglect, and violence and indifference and nobody tells people, ‘Leave, leave, get the hell out.’”
She continued, “And especially on women, it’s the real new pressure. God forbid you still love the person who actually cheated on you. Maybe that person is a lot of things and cheated on you. It’s like the shame of staying, now that you can go you’ve got to get out.”
That’s when Jada took a breath and said that she can “relate” to that sentiment.
“I’m asked a lot about, ‘Is there infidelity in your relationship with Will?’” she explained. “And it’s like, ‘No, but there’ve been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.’”
“Personally, in my journey, what I had to realize was that I had to find all the peace, love and joy within my heart in order to bring it to the table to share,” Jada added. “Will had to go away and find the peace, love and joy in his heart to share.”