Will Smith has opened up about his marriage to GQ Magazine in their latest issue.
After making headlines with wife Jada Pinkett Smith discussing infidelity in July last year at Pinkett’s hit show Red Table Talk, Smith is opening up more about the mystery of his marriage to Pinkett after remaining a bit tight-lipped for more than a year.
“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. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection,” Will reveals.
He further divulges on him and Pinkett giving each freedom and trust to explore individual happiness. “And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody… But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love,” he says.
He says the concept of monogamy eventually dawned on them when in 2011, they had a ‘fight’ that almost led to what he calls a ‘breaking point,’ necessitating conversations that inclined towards non-monogamy.
He also addresses last year’s infamous Red Table Talk episode that was the talk the world over, that saw the couple, in the 12-minute episode, unearth the status of their marriage, after RnB singer August Alsina confessed that he had a romantic relationship with Pinkett in 2015.
“The pursuit of truth is the only way to be happy in this lifetime … We sort of came to the agreement that authenticity was the release from the shackles of fame and public scrutiny,” he says, admitting the backlash from the interview was out of control.
Smith’s upcoming eponymous memoir drops in November.