Jada Pinkett and Will Smith have reportedly been separated for seven years.
The bombshell news was broken by the 52-year-old actress and talk show host who admitted that she and the Hollywood actor have been living separately for the last seven years.
In an interview with Hoda Kotb of the Today show, Jada admitted the pair is still married on paper though the flame that was burning when they got married in 1997 was long extinguished.
“By the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be,” the Red Table Talk host said.
Kotb responded by quoting Jada’s line from her new book in which she wrote: “It was not a divorce on paper. But it was a divorce.”
While there is clearly no love lost between Jada and Will, the actress insisted she was not interested in going through with a divorce because of her “promise” to Smith to never give him a reason to get separated.
The bold admission comes just years after Pinkett shocked the public by revealing she had been cheating on her husband with singer August Alsina.
“And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state. The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health. We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time,” Jada told Will on her candid talk show.
Responding to Will’s inquiries, she added: “As time went on, I got into a different type of entanglement with August … It was a relationship, absolutely.
“I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside yourself.”
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