Will Smith ‘felt more of the pressure’ to make his marriage with Jada work

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In this weeks Celebitchy Zoom meeting we talked a lot about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s very special Red Table Talk episode, where Jada admitted her “entanglement” with August Alsina. The consensus was that this was an ego-driven exercise and that Will and Jada did not address most of the things August said or how inappropriate the relationship was. Ashley pointed out that they didn’t even acknowledge the fact that they both denied August’s account at first. We will have a segment from our talk in the upcoming Gossip With Celebitchy podcast, #58, out Sunday morning! In the mean time Will’s people went to People Magazines to give his side. They previously gave insider quotes to Us Magazine claiming no one would care about this if they weren’t famous. That’s too cute by half considering Jada has been desperately trying, for years, to capitalize on people’s mild interest in her.

A source close to the couple says their marital problems were exacerbated by their fame, and that the Bad Boys star, 51, felt “more of the pressure” to make their high-profile marriage work.

“They’re two different people trying to make it, and on top of it there’s this huge spotlight on them,” says the source. “People are always going to grow and change, but most don’t have the world watching their every move while they do that.”

While the two have experienced their ups and downs, a friend of Pinkett Smith tells PEOPLE the Girls Trip star has never stopped loving Smith.

“She would be the first person to admit marriage is hard work, but she will always love Will,” says the friend. “Even when they haven’t been together, Jada always spoke of her marriage as something special.”

[From People]

People also reported that Will and Jada went to the Bahamas with Willow right before the RTT episode came out. They stayed at an exclusive resort called the Albany. I was just looking through their website and they have villas and a whole recording studio there. (The Bahamas is open to US travelers with no quarantine requirements.)

As Zakia said in our meeting, Will surely had “entanglements” too and he’s just mad that Jada was messy and hers got out. Will’s side is saying he felt more pressure to make it work because Jada’s side leaked, so he’s playing the hurt one. Will’s potential sidepieces include both a female costar and a man whom Will is rumored to have had a relationship with. (No shade on that if they had an open marriage.) I’m not going to get into specifics, but you can figure it out. His hookups were adults, knew their role and didn’t talk like August. (Incidentally August has tweeted some cryptic sh-t since the RTT episode came out, go here to read.)

All Will and Jada had to do, to quote Colleen, is to admit they have a nontraditional marriage. They’ve pretty much told us, for years, that their marriage is open. Instead they talked in circles on RTT and made it sound like they were split up. That may have been the case but they seem to have reached an understanding about it. Now we’re getting spin and sourced stories about how they’re surprised we’re paying attention to them. Jada revealed on separate RTT episodes that she was once addicted to vibrators and p0rn. They’re only private about things they don’t want to admit.

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  1. Phuggi says:

    To be perfectly honest, the mere idea of unpacking and diving and analyzing every aspect of my marriage and behavior every day exhausts me so much. I can’t imagine then airing it out–on Facebook, for public consumption, OF MY OWN FREE WILL–and then complaining when people have opinions on what they saw?!?! Like, if you don’t want public interest in this, then…radical idea, I know…don’t air it for the public on social media!!!!!!!!! Who asked for the RTT? Who were the people knocking down Jada’s door going, “Oh we NEED to know every minutiae of your marriage and life?”

    Do these people even know to to just BE in a marriage or just BE–or must everything be justified and identified and explained and labelled?

  2. Mtec says:

    The pressure is something they put on themselves by constantly doing print and tv interviews about how amazing their marriage is, presenting this “couple goals/marriage goals” image. Now that social media exists and they’re finding it harder to hide what their marriage is actually like, now they want to complain about the interest and attention to their relationship.

    If they had divorced years ago, no one would have cared by now. The excuse to keep the marriage going because of the “pressure” is again a standard they’re putting on themselves. Sure there would be interest at first but eventually people would stop caring, so why are they living their lives based on what they feel they owe to the public? That’s just sad if true.

  3. Chlo says:

    This is exhausting.

  4. OuiMelissa says:

    This could be just my perspective but doesn’t that red table prove that they don’t have an open marriage? He looked too hurt and she sounded too new-agey for it to be.

    • Noki says:

      Exactly what i didnt understand if their marriage is open then why did they say they had spilt up? And why are they so adamant on the ‘divorce is not an option’ stance,the kids are grown,the cat is officially out of the bag might as well do it.

  5. yinyang says:

    Typical man, needs another man to show desire for his wife for him to pay attention again.

    • Jenn says:

      Really? I’ve always thought he loved her much more than she loved him. Look at the body language in their photos, she’s always leaning away from him, he’s leaning in to her. That says a lot

      • Marguerita says:

        I was thinking that too, looking at the pictures. That is a FINE man, and she’s totally not into it.

  6. Aitana says:

    ‘No shade on them if they had an open marriage.’ I’m sorry, I just can’t get onboard with a sentiment like this. Open marriage is the antithesis to marriage. Yes, I know there’s plenty of open marriages around, I guess, but why get married if it’s gonna be like that? Just like many plain marriages, the odds are stacked against an open marriage to work long term. August Alsina’s public pronouncements are exactly why open marriages don’t work. In the end, someone’s gonna end up butt hurt.

    • vanessa says:

      I disagree, there are definitely other reasons to marry one person (beyond love and wanting to share your lives together) – the right to be with them and make decisions in emergency medical situations being the biggest one. I’m in a 100% monogamous marriage (we each saw our parents cheat and vowed from the beginning to do it differently). But I have two sets of friends with different open marriages. The common denominator across all three of our healthy but different relationships is 1) setting expectations from the beginning, and 2) constant communication and transparency along the way. I have seen open marriages work but the people in them are very open about it with each other, close friends, AND any outside partners. Adults can be in all kinds of types of healthy relationships as long as there’s communication and consent.

  7. Kayleigh says:

    I just really don’t understand rich people 🙄

  8. julieJ says:

    They are exhausting to quote someone above. They should have just kept quiet. Instead we have to listen to this garbage. And the more I hear quotes from “his side” and see his butt hurt face, the more annoyed I am by his stepping out on their marriage. It sounds like it was tit for tat. Nevermind the photos of he and Robbie that were weird

  9. Lola_Lola says:

    This is very odd that Will’s side is talking and still trying to spin this. I think this shows that they’ve lost the narrative on this and now they’re in clean up mode. Leaving the country with Willow when the RTT dropped is a clear sign that there is some fall out from all this. Will said that he is going to pay Jada back and then laughed like he was joking. I believe he has every intent on doing just that.

  10. Sportlady20 says:

    Ooooh I have thought on this. 👀 I’ve known 1 couple that were swingers, is that still a thing, & their relationship survived, for the others it was a sign of impending divorce. This was a popular life choice with a lot of my friends that got married early.
    I think for most people making just sex, just that is tough, people get self conscious about the extra & their capabilities if you will & shenanigans ensue.
    Movie star types have large egos & it appears Will’s is bruised badly. The guy was a family friend/sons friend. 👀 shenanigans
    No matter the reason running over someone’s feelings as seems to have happened with (don’t make me remember the other guys names I’ve got things) is wrong. Treat people as you’d like to be treated, karma is real.

  11. In the time of Corona and social justice, this @#$% is inconsequential.