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Will Smith admits he has an open marriage with Jada Pinkett after both felt ‘miserable’ in monogamous relationship

WILL Smith admitted that he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have an open marriage after choosing monogamy for a "large part of their relationship".

The 53-year-old actor opened up about his unconventional relationship in the November issue of GQ, saying "marriage for us can't be a prison."

Will, who has been married to Jada for almost 24 years, explained: "Jada never believed in conventional marriage.

"Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up.

"There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection."

He continued: 'We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.


'And I don't suggest our road for anybody. I don't suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we've given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.'

Will and Jada, 50, admitted in a frank Red Table Talk session last year that the actress had an affair with musician August Alsina, who was 25 at the time.

The Bad Boys star confessed to GQ that it wasn't just Jada having extramarital affairs, but refused to go into detail.

'It may seem hard to believe, but I would lose sleep over not giving you the answer that I know you could use.

'I want to help you, I want you to succeed, I want you to have a headline.

'But by the same token, I don't want to deal with the backlash of that in the world. To say I don't want to talk about that three years ago would have been f**king excruciating for me.'

GQ provided an excerpt from Will's book, Will, which detailed a fight he had with Jada after her 40th birthday.


"Our marriage wasn't working," Will wrote. "We could no longer pretend. We were both miserable and clearly something had to change."  

Last year, singer August Alsina, 29, claimed Will gave him permission to have an affair with Jada after their son Jaden introduced the singer to the couple in 2015.

While Jada and Will initially denied the cheating rumors, the actress later revealed that she had a romantic relationship with August when she and Will secretly separated in 2015.

Weeks later, the couple spoke candidly about the status of their relationship during an episode of Jada's Facebook series Red Table Talk.

Will said: "I wasn’t sure I was ever going to speak to you again. The fact that I’m speaking to you again is a miracle.

"[Marriage] ain’t for the weak at heart. There’s just certain things that you have to go through."

He added: "I sure wish it could be all magic and miracles."

Jada said that they wondered if they could rebuild their relationship following their split.


She said:  “I’m just happy ‘cause I definitely believe that you and I, we never, ever, ever thought that we would make it back."

The pair also opened up about Jada's relationship with August, noting that she had "a different kind of entanglement" with the musician.

Reflecting on their marriage at the time of Jada's relationship, Will laughed as he said: "I was done with your ass. I was done with you.

"Marriages have that though. We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I’ll try to figure out how to make myself happy. I really felt like we could be over."

The couple, who married in 1997, eventually reconnected and August cut off communication with Jada.

News of Jada and August's relationship broke when the singer claimed in an interview with radio host Angela Yee: "I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … he gave me his blessing."

Opening up about their relationship in detail, August added: "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her.

Jada Pickett Smith admits romantic relationship with August Alsina during secret separation from Will Smith

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