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Will Smith felt aban­doned when his wife Jada Pin­kett Smith sought to take con­trol of her life. The 47-year-old ac­tress needed to find “au­ton­omy” within their mar­riage in or­der to en­sure it would last and though they ex­plored their re­la­tion­ship and ex­pec­ta­tions to­gether, the Men In Black star didn’t ini­tially feel com­fort­able.

Speak­ing to ther­a­pist Es­ther Perel on her own Red Ta­ble Talk show, Jada said, “Specif­i­cally for me, in re­gards to re­defin­ing my mar­riage as a life part­ner­ship was the ne­ces­sity of au­ton­omy for my­self and for Will. And find­ing the core of us that wanted to be to­gether out­side of the con­straints of the tra­di­tional ideas

of mar­riage be­cause they weren’t work­ing for us. We went on that jour­ney to find that au­ton­omy and to find the true au­then­tic bond out­side of obli­ga­tion. I don’t want you to be ob­li­gated.”

Asked how Will took the news, she added, “He felt aban­doned at first, he felt re­ally aban­doned. You never want to hurt the per­son that you love. You never want to cre­ate in­sta­bil­ity that way.”

Be­fore she pushed for changes, the Bad Moms star — who has chil­dren Jaden, 20, and Wil­low, 18, with her 50-year-old hus­band — ad­mit­ted she felt like a pres­sure to be a “per­fect wife” and sup­port her spouse to ful­fill his dreams, re­gard­less of her own am­bi­tions.

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