WILL FELT ABANDONED WHEN JADA WANTED INDEPENDENCE
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.