Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been married for 16 years. Keeping a marriage this long is not an easy job for any couple, especially for a couple that is constantly in the spotlight.
Often asked how they have maintained such a long lasting relationship. Jada stated in one interview that she and Will have an ‘open relationship’. Jada quoted “I tell Will he can do whatever he wants as long as he can look at himself in the mirror and be okay. Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. 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. Or vice versa.”
Jada’s last statement ‘vice versa’ fired up the issue. Some people took it as freedom for Will to have a relationship outside of their marriage. This left Jada, a busy woman, no choice but address her previous statement. She had to clarify what she meant by that topic.
When she said that “Will can do whatever he wants,” what she meant was their should be trust and love and that trust and love co-exist in every relationship.
She further explained that for someone to behave it does not follow that you put control over person.
Jada changed her statement to…”Will and I both can do whatever we want, because we trust each other to do so. This does not mean we have an open relationship, this means we have a grown one.”
The statements made by Jada can be taken in many ways, the bottom line is that there is no control in the relationship, they both do what they want because they want to. In the end, the couple has lasted for 16 years and probably many more to come. The scrutiny will always be there. That’s part of the game when you are a celebrity, especially successful ones.
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