Friday, 5 April 2013
Jada Pinkett Opens Up On Her Relationship With Will Smith
They are perceived as having one of the strongest unions in Hollywood, sharing two children and 15 years as husband and wife - inspiring some to suggest their secret to everlasting love is an open relationship.
But Jada Pinkett-Smith was still dancing around those rumours in a recent video interview with the Huffington Post.
The actress, first delivered a firm, 'No,' then added: '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.'
The 41-year-old actress explained critics seem to get the idea she and Will allow each other to be with other partners because the pair are 'very relaxed with one another'.
She suggested her reluctance to weigh in on her husband's every moral decision.
'Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man,' Jada said.
'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,' she continued, adding that the agreement goes both ways.
Jada also credits their strong friendship with helping their marriage to survive long past the Hollywood average.
She explained: 'Will is my best friend. He's been by my side for some of the most difficult parts of my life. You always have that for your foundation.'
The couple, who married in December 1997, have endured split rumours in the past, but always emerge on red carpets looking united as ever.
Jada - who is mum to actor Jaden, 14, singer Willow, 12, and stepmother to Will's son Trey from a previous relationship - has also been forced to defend her parenting skills and recently penned an open letter on her Facebook page.
'It's been interesting because I started with the idea of bullying but, I tell you something, I've actually expanded my ideas on that after seeing all the press on this particular subject.
'I think we have to be very careful that we're not creating prejudiced attitudes... that you can justify treating a person lesser than because of certain qualities,' she explained.
Last month, Jada said that it's wrong for people to 'attack and criticise' young stars such as Justin on social media after the pop star - who is a good friend of her son Jaden - received criticism after a string of altercations with paparazzi and a medical emergency that left him hospitalised.
The actress's teenage son accompanied the Baby singer on his controversial visit to London and Jada was stunned at the vitriol Justin and his peers like Rihanna, Taylor Swift and actress Quvenzhane Wallis have to tolerate online.
In an open letter on her Facebook page, she pondered: 'How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
'Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?'
Culled from Huffington Post