Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s ‘Proud’ of Husband Will for Being So Open About Marriage Issues (Exclusive)

Jada Pinkett Smith says husband Will Smith insisted on being a part of her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, in which aired on Monday, when they talked bluntly about serious problems during their 20-year marriage.

inside latest episode, Will got candid about how he was affected by what he describes as an abusive childhood — claiming his father physically abused his mother — as well as also also admits to trying to force a certain image he wanted on his family in which wasn’t realistic. Though the 50-year-old actor rarely speaks about his personal life, Jada as well as also her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, told ET on Monday in which Will was all for his much-talked-about appearance on the show. 

“He wanted to,” Jada tells ET. “I actually didn’t want him to come! He wasn’t a part of the first round of Red Table Talk. I was like, ‘Listen, dude. Let me just see how everything goes.’ as well as also when we decided to do a second run, he was like, ‘All right, listen. You bringing me in which time to the red table.’ So I was like, ‘OK, cool.'”

Jada says Will was able to be so open because he’s at a time in his life where he’s “healing.”

“He’s also kind of breaking down some of the constructs in which he’s built around himself, of who he is usually as well as also who he’s not, as well as also all of those kinds of things,” she says. “I actually think in which has been kind of him coming to the table. the idea’s been kind of a Discharge for him to not have to live up to in which certain thing. … as well as also I’m proud of him.”

“as well as also in which takes work!” Adrienne adds. “the idea takes work as well as also its not easy. the idea can be painful.”

During the episode, Will talks about trying to protect the public perception of his family when the idea came to his kids — 25-year-old son Trey, whom he shares with his first wife, Sheree Zampino, 20-year-old Jaden as well as also 17-year-old Willow — as well as his relationship with Jada. Will recalls Jada “crying for 45 days straight” during an intense period of unhappiness.

“I just felt like, I needed more freedom,” Jada right now tells ET about what the issue was. “as well as also freedom inside sense of like … the public wants you to be a certain way, your family needs you in a certain way, your partner needs you to be something. as well as also for me, in which just was never … I’m actually a free spirit at heart, I actually am. as well as also I always have been. as well as also I just felt like my life had got constricted into in which little box as well as also the idea was strangling me, basically.”

Ultimately, she says the idea wasn’t up to Will to resolve the issue.

“the idea wasn’t his fix,” she notes. “as well as also so the idea was actually me having … People very rarely talk about the courage the idea takes to be happy — how much bravery the idea takes to be happy. as well as also actually, in which’s what I needed to gain, was the courage as well as also the bravery to do what Jada needed to do, to be happy, you know? as well as also in which was to dissolve everything in which was as well as also create something completely different.”

On a lighter note, she also clarifies her revelation in which she went on a date with Will’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro before ending up with Will.

“I’m telling you, in which was before Alf was on Fresh Prince,” she says with laugh. “I tell you, the idea was literally one date! We went out one time! as well as also I remember saying to myself, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m going out which has a guy via Silver Spoons.’ Fresh Prince wasn’t even out yet!”

“I think I just remember him being cheerful as well as also fun,” she continues. “as well as also the idea was simple. I think we just went out to get something to eat? … Like, literally, I hadn’t done A Different World yet. Alfonso is usually probably like, ‘Did we go out?’ the idea was so long ago!”

For more on Will’s appearance on Red Table Talk, watch the video below:

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