Star Mag: Will Smith is on the down-low with another married actor?

My first reaction upon reading this story was, “Damn, Star Magazine is going to get SUED.” My second reaction: “Who did Will Smith piss off to the point where the tabloids are no longer scared to print the gay rumors?” Yes, as everyone knows, Will Smith has “gay rumors.” People always claim to have a friend who has a hairdresser who totally saw Will Smith making out with another dude at a club in Miami. That doesn’t mean it’s true (it doesn’t mean it’s false either). But Star’s cover story this week is really ballsy – they’re basically just saying all of those whispers out in the open – is Will Smith on the down-low?

Will Smith, 43, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 40, have been long known as a grounded Hollywood couple, so when word spread that there was trouble between the A-listers, everyone began speculating what could’ve gone wrong. Answer: Will’s “bromance” with actor Duane Martin, suggests Star.

“Will spends significantly more time with Duane than he does with Jada and the kids,” a source tells the mag. “And as time goes by, Jada is growing more upset about it.”

In fact, Will and Duane have been inseparable. They’ve been spotted together multiple times wining and dining and even going on a private cruise in Trinidad, at restaurants and art openings in Miami, and a trade show in Las Vegas — just in the past four months.

“Will and Duane definitely looked very close,” says a source, who spotted them at Flair restaurant in Trinidad on Feb. 24. And although they were with company, “it was clear Will and Duane both arrived and left together,” the source added.

Duane, who’s married to Tisha Campbell-Martin and has two kids, played the lead role in Will’s executive produced sitcom All of Us. He’s previously been accused of being gay but has dismissed the allegations.

Regardless, it seems Will’s time spent with his BFF is causing a rift with his family. And whether Duane had anything to do with it, Will has reportedly moved into a lavish bachelor pad in Villanova, Pa.

Jada “can’t stand Will’s relationship with Duane. She feels like Will flaunts it in her face, hanging out with him every day and taking him on exotic vacations while she’s sitting home alone,” says a source.

Even Will’s kids, Willow and Jaden, have been distraught.

Shaven head and green hair aside, Willow, 11, tweeted on Feb. 26, “Sometimes…Life sucks…This day has been horrific…Nobody has a PICTURE PERFECT life.”

Just a few days earlier, big bro Jaden also took to Twitter: “My Only Dream Was To Be Cool With You Guys,” the 13-year-old wrote mysteriously on Feb. 22.

“Will and Jada’s marriage is completely fractured, and it’s only getting worse as Will spends more time away with Duane,” says a source. “I don’t know how much longer they can live this way. It’s only a matter of time until one of them makes the split official and files for divorce.”

[From Hollywood Life]

CB pointed out that last year, The Enquirer ran a story about Will Smith’s alleged “bromance” with another dude, Trey Songz (who I believe is somewhat out of the closet). It seemed more like Will was merely acquaintances with a young man whose sexuality isn’t cut-and-dry, and the tabs were trying to make something of it. I find this current story more scandalous, though – just because Will and Duane Martin are both married, both actors, both fathers, and they really and truly seem to be spending a great deal of time together – even vacationing together in Trinidad over the holidays. I really do think Will and Jada’s marriage is over in nearly every way – they’re living separately, and Will seems like a very different man. Maybe he’s just trying to get through the promotion of Men In Black III, and then he and Jada will divorce.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. chloew says:

    if this is “news” to anyone….where have u been for the past 10 yrs??



  2. Lizzy says:

    If it’s true, It has to be with Tommy girl

  3. Lol says:

    I LOVE Tisha Cambpell. Funny bitch. Also she was on fresh prince with will i believe. she played his girlfriend who he got stuck in a closet with during an earthquake. :D

  4. Talie says:

    They have BALLS to run this story! But they did it in a clever way, so…we’ll see. The rumor is that he and Jada swing both ways.

  5. maemay says:

    All the gay, DL actors and they pick on Will Smith only? be fair and out them all instead of writing fan fic about the non existant Brangelina triangle.

  6. mln76 says:

    The only thing about this story that shocks me anyway is that Tisha C may have a gay hubby…if that’s true it’s sad for her I’ve always liked her alot.

  7. Aiobhan says:

    Ehh! Why wait for MIB:3 to bomb at the box office. He really needs to come out now and just get it over with. I feel sorry for both women if they really are just beards.

  8. taylor says:

    I have no deep interest in this one way or another, Will Smith is a fun actor and I don’t know the other guy. HOWEVER, I have a serious issue with this author (not Kaiser, the Hollywood Life one) because of this sentence: “He’s previously been accused of being gay but has dismissed the allegations.”

    I’m sorry, how can you be “accused” of being gay. What, is it like murder? Or grand larceny? Are we making being gay a crime? I mean, I know there are people who’d be thrilled if it were, but seriously, WTH is wrong with this author? That’s some seriously poor (and lazy) writing.
    /end rant.

    • mischa says:

      Agree with everything you wrote.

    • fabgrrl says:

      Totally! Pair that with the phrase “an admitted bisexual” (Jolie).

      And people have the nerve to act as if the LGBT community whine and complain too much. Just look at how casually homophobia is slipped into articles like this!

    • Seagulls says:

      Just out of curiosity, what is the appropriate word? I get that “accused” has strong connotations of something nefarious, but he isn’t out (if he is gay). Rumored? Suggested to be?

    • LAK says:

      Sometimes things are phrased a certain way to avoid litigation.

      if they phrased it as ‘people say /rumours are that WS is gay’ that might invite a lawsuit

      So instead they phrase it in such a way that everyone can pretend they didn’t just call him out.

      • Lis says:

        How would “people say” or “…is rumoured” invite a lawsuit any more than “…is accused”?

        It’s a serious question, because I don’t know about the topic.

        Also, the libel laws in the US aren’t that strong. (I think that’s awesome, BTW.) Would someone really sue over that? What kind of damage could they really do?

        Again, that’s a serious question.

      • LAK says:

        @Lis – One implies rumours can be collaborated with facts whilst the other is a vague statement.

        It is noted that openly gay actors in Hollywood, especially if they come out after becoming stars, don’t do so well – see Rupert Everett

        In the last few years it’s changing because the audiences are more tolerant, but it is still a problem for many actors which is why many stay in the closet.

        EDIT: On the flip side, gay female stars don’t appear to suffer for it and in some cases do better after they come out, go figure.

    • Lee says:

      Yes! Thank you! I was going to say the exact same thing.

      I would think you should be able to say something like ‘rumors have circulated’ without fearing a lawsuit. Even ‘alleged’ would be better. If they really want to cover their asses, they can point out that nearly everyone has gay rumors about them in HW (though some – aka Will, Tom, John, etc – have much more persistent and believable rumors than others).

    • Nanz01 says:

      Cosign. You are awesome. That is all.

    • Lis says:

      That’s it: I’m officially starting a round of applause for Taylor.

      It may move on to a standing o, if the spirit moves us.

      *stands up and starts clapping*

    • Playlist says:

      @Lis – Both libel and slander are based on saying something that isn’t true. A Libel suit can be used if it’s proven it was done with the intent to maliciously damage someone, but again, only if it really misrepresented the person it was said about. To win a slander/libel suit the actor would have to prove he isn’t gay. The courts would have to determine if being gay is really damaging to an actor’s career and whether his own behavior created the publicly made observation. The lawsuit itself would bring more publicity to their status than most actors would like. In this instance, it’s not just about being gay, but also about cheating on his spouse.

      @LAK – Rupert Everett did not damage his career by coming out. Many people knew he was gay before he came out. He damaged his career by being a complete ass to everyone after he came out. He had a major attitude problem that made him difficult to work with, followed by too much plastic surgery. He single-handedly destroyed his career all by himself. There really isn’t anyone that has been hurt by coming out. Probably because it’s usually not much of a surprise by the time they publicly admit to being gay.

      “Accused” does make it sound like someone has done something wrong, so I agree it was a poor word choice.

    • Drew says:

      Well, in my opinion, Duane Martin “accused of being gay” may not be a crime, but it can mess him up in court if Tisha decides to divorce him. Cases of crime are handled in court – and in this case, he got caught with his pants down. (Ugh, a visual)…

  9. Sumodo1 says:

    Could this hurt MIBIII? I sooooo want that movie to be good.

  10. Jordan says:

    I agree that it was clever the way they wrote it up, doubtful they could get sued for that. It would be HUGE if Will Smith came out of the closet, and hopefully for the better. I doubt anyone who doesn’t follow gossip knows about the gay rumors surrounding Will and it would probably be a shock to the majority of people out there.

  11. Cathy says:

    I’ll see MIB III when it comes out on DVD. Why pay $25.00 or so plus costs of popcorn and crap for 2 peopleto see in once at the movies. When Walmart will have it in 3 months for $19.95 and I can microwave some popcorn at home. As for Will supposably bein gay, oh well, whatever floats his boat.

  12. anniewho says:

    why does it seem that EVERYONE is gay these days? particularly males in the entertainment industry. and it’s so wrong for them to marry for the sake of careers and keeping face when they are screwing other dudes! this is emotionally destructive not to mention an extreme health hazard! ladies, if you think it, it is! meaning if you think your dude is gay, he is. don’t go marrying him and then find out through someone snatching pics of him loved up on another man! so sad.

    • Lee says:

      to be fair, I don’t think Jada is 100% straight either. Their arrangement always struck me as one of convenience. Not all gay people who are in straight marriages are lying to their spouses. Not to mention, they could be bisexual and have an open marriage.

      And secondly, it is possible to have SAFE gay sex you know. And it’s possible to be mildly effeminate and straight (or replace effeminate with any other stereotype you want).

      I get tired of people always blaming the gays for this. Yes, living on the DL is a problem for all parties involved in most instances. But the root of the problem is society. If you don’t provide people with the option of living openly, being married and having a family with the person they love and having that relationship respected by others, it’s damn hard to live honestly.

      • anniewho says:

        Lee, I would agree with you on all counts except that an open marriage is no marriage and is bound to self destruct because it completely negates its purpose. don’t get married if you want to sleep with other people-gay or straight. it’s that simple, really. also, in Hollywood there is too much of a stigma with living openly gay if you are considered an A-lister. The church of scientology fiercely protects them for that reason: Will Smith, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc. and I do believe that Jada prefers women as well so most likely it’s for convenience but that just means cover up and it’s not right to subject their kids to that.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Its sad if anyone is living a lie. How much harm could coming out really do? Its Hollywood.

  14. fabgrrl says:

    Sigh. Tisha Campbell used to be so hot. But maybe these are just unflattering pictures?

  15. LakeMom says:

    I’ve heard more gay rumors about Jada than Will. Whatever. It’s their business.

  16. madpoe says:

    Star, don’t make Will use his blinky MIB thingy on yo’ ass!

  17. Embee says:

    I must confess to not understanding the term “down low”. Can someone enlighten me?

  18. lucy2 says:

    The “bachelor pad” is for a movie he and his son are doing in/near Philadelphia, so I wouldn’t read too much into that. Beyond that…vacationing with someone else, no families along too, is kind of odd.
    There have been rumors about Will and Jada for years, but I’m surprised how bold this tabloid is being about it.
    It’s sad for anyone who feels they have to live a lie, and especially for kids mixed up in it. Sounds like both of those kids are going through something.

  19. hillbillygirl45 says:

    I have heard for years that WS is bi, and if that’s the case ,come on out! Like someone said above me, you live in Hollywood, dude, really, who cares? Own it, say I!

  20. Newtsgal says:

    Closeted gay men in Hollywood….

  21. whoa dere says:

    Trey Songz has NEVER admitted to liking men or being gay. People have pegged him as gay before but he shot that down. I think u need to delete that part about him being out. He has never come out, and frankly it shows ur ignorance that a black man in the R&B music business (songs for aimed mainly at ladies) would damage, yes DAMAGE his brand by implying he was sexually ambiguous. He’d lose his audience, male and females love trey.

    • Jordan says:

      That’s part of the problem and why in the closet entertainers feel they need to lie. I’ve never understood why who anyone sleeps with would ‘lose their audience’. It’s not like he is going to sleep with you, gay or straight.

    • LAK says:

      @whoa dere – Are you saying that a gay people can’t sing love songs for the ladies? You know who is one of the greatest soul/RNB singers who was also as gay as a christmas tree? Luther Vandross. If you didn’t know that, will it change your perception of his music knowing that about him?

    • anniewho says:

      trey songz, drake, ne-yo–all gay. all on the DL. it’s all for the money and fame. it’s deceptive because they are poking fun at us (amongst other things) behind our backs like, we sure got them fooled! I wouldn’t care two shits if any of them came out but to deny it like there’s something wrong with being gay which there’s not and run around having secret trysts…it’s just dumb!

      • Jordan says:

        Yes, I’m sure when they are with someone they love but feel they have to hide because they will lose their careers, they sit back and enjoy the feeling and feel sorry for us poor heterosexuals who don’t have anyone to call us ‘unnatural’ and ‘detrimental to society’ because of who we happen to be attracted to.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Will Smith and Tom Cruise are actually dating on the down low?

  23. cham says:

    Will Smith is a Scientologist, no? So coming out is never going to be an option.

  24. mia girl says:

    Not because two male friends can’t vacation together , but the fact that this is two men on a cruise over the holidays together does seem suspect. Two guys on a holiday Thailand cruise?! Hmmm

    This and some of the comments that these two have been rumored for years makes me think about a Blind from a while ago where this seemingly straight actor had a long time lover who got one on one time each year during the holidays. This lover was growing restless of only having that time and was demanding more. I am pretty sure it predicted upcoming marriage trouble for the actor.

  25. BlackMamba says:

    The rumours about these two have been circulating for a while. The urban blogs say that Duane’s wife is also in the closet. So like Jada and Will, Tisha and Duane are bearding for each other. It is said that Tisha is/was dating Tichina Arnold.

  26. laylajanelovesgossip says:

    Tisha looks fake as heck in the pics. Like hurry up, so I can get away from THIS mutha******!!!

  27. Scarlet Vixen says:

    What Hollywood actors aren’t “secretly gay” anymore? Apparently everyone is.

  28. skuddles says:

    Wow, it seems like there are a lot of male celebrities crammed in the closet. Better they should just come out already.

  29. Lenore says:

    God, the tweets from the kids are heartbreaking.

  30. Meanchick says:

    Don’t beleive it at all.

  31. VanityUnfair says:

    OMD… If this is true send him my way! lol I don’t wanna hang with those awful kids though… haha

  32. Jill says:

    For those who weren’t aware of it, guys on the DL pose a serious threat to women’s health because they never use comdoms when they have sex with other guys. Using a condom would be an admission that they planned to have sex with a guy, which would mean admitting they are gay or bi. The black community is extremely intolerant of homosexuality. If they have sex without a condom they can pretend it was a spur of the moment thing and they’re not really gay. I know of two women who died of AIDS which they contracted from their men whom they never guessed were on the down low. One woman got it from her live-in boyfriend of several years. The other woman got it from her husband.

    • Esmom says:

      Wow, that is sad on so many levels. Sad that the men are in such deep denial or so fearful that they will knowingly put people’s lives in danger…it seems mind boggling in this day and age.

    • Jordan says:

      But with that reasoning, if these guys were cheating on their women with other women, they wouldn’t use a condom either, which would also be detrimental to health because of the risk of HIV. I guess the moral of this story is, whether you trust your man or not, get tested on a regular basis if you are having sex without a condom with ANYBODY.

  33. apsutter says:

    I hope this isn’t true. Not just for the kids but also because I love Tisha Campbell-Martin! She’s so beautiful and awesome

  34. normades says:

    Will Smith Plays Gay — But Not Well With Others |

    “You might recall, this 1993 film was Will Smith’s big screen debut. In it he plays a gay con artist who suckers rich New Yorkers by pretending to be privileged, private-schooled, and Sidney Poitier’s son. The film was to have included a gay love scene, but after he landed the part (and filming was halfway concluded) Will Smith apparently balked at actually kissing another actor onscreen. They had to use mirrors and trick camera angles to make it appear as if Smith’s character locks lips with another man. Ridiculous, right? Imagine if Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall had filmed half of Brokeback Mountain and then told Ang Lee they weren’t going to do the tent scene? I remember interviews with Will Smith explaining his behavior. He said he’d been advised against tarnishing his hetero image by none other than Denzel Washington.”

    To me, that sounds like he has some issues one way or another.

  35. Cerulean says:

    He’s bi not gay. I know someone who knows Will and Jada and their marriage was for real. Whether they are BOTH bi is one thing but they did fall in love with each other.

  36. sarahtalks says:

    Absolutely Hilarious! That is all.

  37. original sandy says:

    gee, i heard the rumors about will, but Duane? whoa!!! it’s surprising, what man in Hollywood is not guy?, i just need to know.

  38. Petunia says:

    I’d like to see Will with Nick Cannon. That would be hot!

  39. Kim says:

    I feel so bad for their kids. Its been openly and widely known by everyone in Hollywood for years that both Will & Jada are gay. It was a marriage of convenience for sure.

    So either their kids know they live a lie for the public or will be shocked when parents come out publicly. Either way this will just affect the negatively. How can Will & Jada be so selfish!

    • Deloise says:

      Because people like you make it hard for them to come out and live in peace! Why it is still so hard for black communities to admit that some of their people is gay. I never understand. Black people really should understand discrimination.

  40. lileneboheme says:

    I believe it…I’ve heard this from many sources for years now. I just feel bad for Will (and Jada) and all the other gay/bi actors who feel that they can’t come out in Hollywood and openly live their lives :(

  41. Ogechi says:

    Will & Jada my best Hollywood couple!

  42. Babalon says:

    Those children should not be on Twitter. Their audience should be Mom and Dad – not people following their Tweets. Jada needs to suspend those accounts and help her babies process whatever is going on – in private.

  43. Denise says:

    “ACCUSED of being gay”?? That’s dangerous wording.

  44. Sharon says:

    Who’s not swinging, who’s not gay, who’s not anything?…come on..someone’s pissed off at Will or Will pissed someone off. I just sad they are splitting up.. : (.

  45. MIMI says:

    I am so sick of all this gay shit. I don’t believe Will is gay; however I believe Star magazine is trying to sell magazines.