Will Smith makes headlines on a daily basis. Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock drew a lot of attention to him and his family. Old Will-related videos are resurfacing, and one of them recently showed Jada Pinkett Smith claiming she never wanted to marry Will.
Jada Pinkett Smith admitted that she “really didn’t want to get married” to Will Smith. In fact, the “Matrix” actress, who is now on the roasting spit of Smith’s infamous Oscars smack-down of Chris Rock and the Academy’s decision Friday to ban him from the ceremony for ten years, admitted to “crying down the freaking aisle” before marrying the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star on New Year’s Eve in 1997.
“I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do,” declared Pinkett Smith, in a freshly exhumed snippet from her “Red Table Talk” Facebook series. “I never wanted to be married.”
Pinkett Smith candidly recalls her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also known as “Gammy,” forcing her and Smith to wed after she became pregnant with their first son, Jaden. In the 2018 clip, which has resurfaced amid renewed controversy surrounding her louche “entanglement” with R&B singer August Alsina. “I really didn’t wanna get married,” Pinkett Smith restated while seated around the circular table with her mom, as well as Smith and their daughter Willow.
“We only got married because Gammy was crying,” a chuckling Smith informed Willow. “It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding,’” said Pinkett Smith, prompting Banfield-Norris to confess, “I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married.” When the “Girls Trip” star’s mother became pregnant with Pinkett Smith, she was only 18 years old, and she briefly married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr.
“I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage. I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.”
“And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding. I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’”
“The wedding was horrible,” Banfield-Norris conceded. “It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant … She didn’t cooperate with anything.” Laughing, Pinkett Smith agreed, saying, “And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle.”
Despite Pinkett Smith’s visceral opposition to their nuptials, she and Smith eventually agreed that getting married was, in fact, “the right call.” To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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