Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith have been married for more than 20 years, and the high-profile couple has been known for keeping it real when talking about their relationship. Jada has been an open book about the ups and downs of tying the knot, and now she’s talking about her perception of the word “wife” and her feelings about traditional matrimony.
“I knew that I was not built for conventional marriage,” Pinkett Smith revealed to The Guardian. “Even the word ‘wife’: it’s a golden cage, swallow the key.”
Jada also confessed that before saying “I do,” she had her own reservations about the concept of marriage.
She added, “Even before I was married, I was like, ‘That’ll kill me.’ And it damn near did! So why wouldn’t you share what you’ve been through, when you see that other people are out there, trying to figure this crap out? We decided to make it public because it’s part of the healing. I feel like if we don’t have real understanding about it, I don’t know if interpersonal relationships are possible.”
Jada and Will have been in the public eye for decades, and of course their marriage has always been a topic of media conversation. The couple share son Jaden and daughter Willow. The host of “Red Table Talk” also expressed her love for Will, despite her previous reservations about entering into marriage.
She clarified, “Will is my life partner and I could not ask for a better one. I adore him, I never want people to think it was Will I didn’t want to marry — he and I were talking about this the other day. But I can assure you that some of the most powerful women in the world feel caged and tied, because of the sacrifices they have to make to be in that position.”