The American actress Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that she and her husband Will Smith have been divorced since 2016.
She revealed the news during an NBC News preview of her forthcoming primetime show with Hoda Kotb.
Because they weren’t “ready yet” at the time, she and Will Smith allegedly withheld the news of their divorce from the public.
Jada Pinkett-Smith revealed to Kotb that they hid the split because they were still sorting out the nuances of their relationship and how to proceed with their collaboration.
“We were still trying to figure out between the two of us, how to be in partnership, How do we present that to people? We hadn’t figured that out.”
When asked why the marriage ended, she explained that they had become tired of trying to live up to their shared goal of who they felt they should be by 2016.
Pinkett-Smith stated that their upcoming divorce would be impossible to carry out due to a commitment they made to each other to never divorce.
“Why it fractured, that’s a lot of things,” the actress stated, “I think by the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be. I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce, We will work through whatever, and I just haven’t been able to break that promise.”