Jada Pinkett Smith says she never wanted to marry Will: ‘I cried the whole way down the aisle’

In a never-ending quest to answer the inscrutable question ‘why,’ denizens of the internet believe they’ve found a piece of the puzzle surrounding Will Smith’s behavior at the 94th Academy Awards in a resurfaced video from 2018 where his wife Jada Pinkett Smith explains she “cried the whole way down the aisle” stating, “I really didn’t want to get married.”

The actress was joined by her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, her daughter Willow Smith and special guest Will Smith on an episode of her web series “Red Table Talk” where the group discussed “Becoming Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” After conceiving their first child together, Jaden, the couple decided getting married was the right thing to do.

“I really didn’t want to get married,” Smith expressed matter-of-factly after expressing how upset she was to learn she was pregnant.

Referring to Banfield-Norris as Gammy, Smith added how she influenced the decision for the couple to have a ceremony. “We only got married because Gammy was crying.”

“It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding.'” said Smith. “I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do… I never wanted to be married.”

Banfield-Norris, who, according to the New York Post, married Robsol Pinkett Jr after conceiving Pinkett Smith, recalled the events differently, saying, “I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married. I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage. I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.”

The actress made clear she didn’t want a wedding or marriage and how her mother escalated the situation, “And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding. I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like, ‘This is serious business.'”

The group recounted how on the day of the wedding, while Pinkett Smith was three months pregnant, Smith seemed to be the only one happy on the occasion. “The wedding was horrible,” Banfield-Norris stated. “It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant…She didn’t cooperate with anything.”

“And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle,” the actress revealed.

Before later discussing how she has never agreed with the structure of marriage and the role of being a wife, her husband expressed how grounded the institution of marriage made him and how he never imagined his life without that element in it.

“There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted anything other than being married and having a family,” he explained. “From literally five years old, I was picturing what my family would be,” Smith said.

These differences in their relationship have been highlighted in other revealing clips such as a recently reported candid video of Smith feeling ambushed in his own home as Pinkett Smith started filming him for her social media accounts. Neither Smith nor Pinkett Smith has remarked on the videos or whether they relate to the cause of the actor slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.

What is known, is that after resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors has determined that Smith will be disciplined with a 10-year ban from the Academy.


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