Will Smith Confirms He Had Relationships While Being Married | 22 Words

Will Smith has recently opened up about having relationships while still being married to his wife, Jada.

And the news has shocked a lot of people...

Comments about Will's admission have been pouring in...

Now, things kicked off last year when Jada Pinkett Smith's alleged affair thrust her into the spotlight.

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For years now, rumors of infidelity between her and her husband, Will Smith, have been rife... But a whole new rumor emerged.

Reports had been alleging eye-opening new details about the pair's marriage...

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And it seems the situation is continuing to develop as Will has now admitted that he also "cheated" on his wife.

The couple initially met all the way back in 1994.

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Jada was only nineteen when she auditioned to play the role of Will's girlfriend in the hit sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 

However, her audition wasn't successful, as casting thought she was too short.

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At 6'2, Will towers over Jada, who is only 5'. But from the audition, Will and Jada built a friendship which soon turned into a romance.

Though Will was married to Sheree Fletcher at the time when they met...

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In an interview with Access, Jada admitted that Will was still technically married when they started dating. "He was 'div'," she said. "The 'orced' hadn't happened yet." Will and Sheree divorced in 1995 and they continued to share custody of their son, Trey.

And it was in 1995 when the pair went public with their relationship.

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Upon the breakdown of his marriage, Will had asked Jada if she was "seeing anyone," and her response was "no." "Cool, you’re seeing me now," Smith had smoothly told her.

It was a whirlwind couple of years...

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And, just 2 years later in 1997, Will and Jada had tied the knot in a private ceremony at the Cloisters Mansion in Jada's hometown of Baltimore.

The couple share 2 children together...

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Jaden, who is twenty-three, and Willow, who is twenty.

Both Jaden and Willow have embarked on careers as musicians since they were teenagers and they're now proving to be very popular - particularly in the hip-hop and rap scene.

The Smiths seem like the perfect family...

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But nothing is ever as perfect as it seems, right?

For years now, people have been speculating the loyalty between the pair.

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In 2013, fans went wild when Jada allegedly hinted that she and Will were in an open relationship.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, she had said this:

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"I’ve always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay. Because, at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa."

However, she quickly put these rumors to bed.

Taking to Facebook shortly after the interview, Jada opened her post with the question, "Open marriage?" She then explained: "The statement I made in regard to, 'Will can do whatever he wants,' has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist."

But, just a few years after that, comments Will had made about his wife reignited the split rumors.

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On TIDAL's Rap Radar podcast in 2018, Will had said: "We don't even say we're married anymore. We refer to ourselves as 'life partners,' where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. There are no deal-breakers. There's nothing she could do - ever - nothing that would break our relationship."

As you can see, it's been a peculiar relationship journey, to say the least.

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But now, a whole new spanner was thrown into the works.

Last year, singer August Alsina came forward with some pretty eye-opening claims about Jada...

He had hinted strongly that he had engaged in a consensual relationship with Jada in his song "Nunya."

And, to make this story even more scandalous...

He alleged that the relationship, which spanned over several years, "was approved by her husband Will." What?

It all sounded very civilized...

In an interview with The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee, August said:

"I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation. Due to the transformation from their marriage to their life partnership that they spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing."

The singer then expressed his love for Jada...

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"I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life. I truly and really, really deeply loved, and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it. So much so to the point that I can die right now and be OK with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody," he said.

He continued:

"I really loved the person that I experienced that [with] and know what [that feels] like – if some people never get that in this lifetime."

It sounded like August loved Jada more than she perhaps loved him...

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Especially considering she's a married woman.

She then took to The Red Table to discuss the issue.

Okay, anyone who is familiar with the Smith family will be aware of their infamous Red Table.

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Jada, alongside her daughter, Willow, hosts her own online chat show, Red Table Talk, where people sit around a red table, or sometimes on a red couch, and talk candidly about their own personal issues and experiences.

The full Smith family has appeared on Red Table Talk several times before...

And Will and Jada have candidly talked about their own relationship and family life.

But in this particular episode, she confessed it all...

But months later, Will Smith has now made some admissions of his own...

In a recent cover story with GQ Magazine, the actor confessed that he also had other sexual relations during his marriage to Jada.

"Jada never believed in conventional marriage.… Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship," he said. "So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection."

He continued: "The pursuit of truth is the only way to be happy in this lifetime and we sort of came to the agreement that authenticity was the release from the shackles of fame and public scrutiny."

The author of the GQ piece revealed that Smith explained to them, that Jada wasn't the only one that was "unfaithful" but didn't elaborate on the details."

We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way," Will told the publication. "And marriage for us can't be a prison. And I don't suggest our road for anybody. I don't suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we've given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love," he added.

The cover is set to be released in October...

So keep your eyes peeled!