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The Marriage of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 76th Academy Awards Governors Ball

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Here's information about the marriage relationship of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, including facts about how they met, their wedding, children, and more.

In February 1997, Ebony reported "... when their careers keep them apart, they talk on the phone as many as five times a day."

Fast Marriage Facts - Jada and Will
Met: 1995.
Married: December 31, 1997.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?
They have said it is nice to "have a little time apart."

News Updates:

9/24/2013: Jada shared on Facebook some of her thoughts about marriage and divorce.

8/23/2011: Will & Jada: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact."
Source: Bill Zwecker. "Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith deny reports they are splitting." SunTimes.com. 8/23/2011.

Born:

Willard Christopher Smith Jr: September 25, 1968 in the Wynnefield area of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jada Koren Pinkett: September 18, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland.

How Will and Jada Met:

Will and Jada first met in 1995 when she auditioned for the role of Smith's girlfriend on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" show. She was turned down because she was considered to be too short for the part. Their first date was in Mexico. Will said that Jada didn't think he was funny when they first met.
Will: "We were together for two years before she even laughed at something I said! She thinks I'm hilarious now, it just took her some time to work into it, but we connected intellectually ... We connected intellectually and worked into the comedic side."
Source: Allheadlinenews.com
Jada: "After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night with mutual friends and I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance."
Source: YourTango. "Jada Pinkett Smith on Love and Marriage." YourTango.com. 2/2007.

Will proposed to Jada in November 1997.

Wedding Date:

Will and Jada were married on December 31, 1997. Their secret New Year's Eve wedding was held in Baltimore at the Cloisters Mansion.

For her wedding, Jada wore a champagne-colored silk and velvet gown by Badgley Mischka. TRÂ-Knox reportedly sang at the wedding. Will was 29 years old and Jada was 26 years old when they married.

Previous Marriages:

Will had one previous marriage.
  • Sheree Elizabeth Zampino: Sheree Zampino was born on November 16, 1967 in New York. Sheree and Will met in 1991 at a taping of the "A Different World" show. Sheree and Will were married on May 9, 1992. Will was 24 years old and Sheree was 25 years old. They divorced in December 1995. Sheree later married pastor and former professional football player Terrell Fletcher.

Children:

Will Smith has three children.
  • Willard Christopher "Trey" Smith III: Born in 1992. His mother is Sheree Zampino.
  • Jaden Christopher Syre Smith: Born on July 8, 1998. His mother is Jada Pinkett. Jaden starred in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness with his father.
  • Willow Camille Reign Smith: Born on October 31, 2000. Her mother is Jada Pinkett.

Occupations and Interests:

Will: Will is an actor, singer, and owns, with his brother Harry Smith, Treyball Development Inc.

Will enjoys playing chess.

Jada: Actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, clothing designer, video director, and the lead singer/lyricist of the band Wicked Wisdom. She was Miss Maryland 1988.

Together, they founded Overbrook Entertainment and they established the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to fund charitable organizations in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other cities. The focus of the foundation is on youth educational projects and urban, inner-city, family welfare.

Education:

Will attended Overbrook High School in Winfield. Smith turned down a scholarship to M.I.T. to pursue his acting and singing career.

Jada majored in Dance and Choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and in Theater at the North Carolina School for the Arts.

Residence:

Will and Jada live in a 25,000-square-foot adobe-style mansion on a 100-acre ranch in the mountains near Malibu in Calabasas, California.
Alla Byrne: "Complete with a lake, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, the sprawling estate looks more like a full-service resort than a private residence."
Source: Alla Byrne. "Will & Jada Pinkett Smith's Mega Mansion: Go Inside." People.com. 8/04/2011.

Jada: “For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor. We’re very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land.”
Source: Mayer Rus. "Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Malibu Home." ArchitecturalDigest.com. 9/2011.

Will: "Will told Architectural Digest the idea behind the house's circuitous floor plan was 'to create an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love.'"
Source: Alla Byrne. "Will & Jada Pinkett Smith's Mega Mansion: Go Inside." People.com. 8/04/2011.

Quotes about the Love and Marriage of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett:

Jada: "I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,'" she told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill. "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 ... I don't think it's easy to be married to anyone ... this is a life partnership ... He's my best friend. He's been by my side through some of the most difficult parts of my life. And so that's something you can never take away."
Source: "Jada Pinkett On Will Smith Open Relationship Rumor: 'Will Is His Own Man.'" HuffingtonPost.com. 4/03/2013.

Jada on the secret to her successful marriage: "People think that Will and I don't spend a lot of time together. Too much time, actually, if you ask me ... It's always nice to have a little time apart. Sometimes you need that."
Source: "Behind the Scenes: Jada Pinkett-Smith." UptownMagazine.com. 6/06/2011.

Jada: "The most important aspect of our relationship is that we continue to grow together—you have to be willing to take journeys with your partner. And even our relationship has gone through bad times. But if you can survive them, you'll have an even deeper connection. What's more important, chemistry or friendship? You have to have both, without allowing one to get stronger than the other. It's all about keeping that balance."
Source: YourTango. "Jada Pinkett Smith on Love and Marriage." YourTango.com. 2/2007.

Will on the key to domestic bliss: "Really, really good sex. I'm really good at it. (Also) we talk a lot. Sometimes people hear us talking and think we over-talk situations but communication is everything."
Source: "Good Sex & Communication Make Marriage work for Will Smith." Starpulse.com. 1/16/2007.

Jada: "I will throw my career away before I let it break up our marriage. I made it clear to Will. I'd throw it away completely."
Source: USA Weekend

Will about Jada: "With Jada I stood up in front of God and my family and said, 'till death us do part'. Divorce cannot be an option ... I honestly believe there is no woman for me but Jada. No-one can handle me the way she does ... Once you feel someone locked in on you, it's no contest. This is it. I can't imagine what anyone else would offer."
Source: Eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk

Will: "Families are like a business. The key is one person having a vision of what it needs to be and being able to pull everyone together. That's Jada for sure."
Source: UsaWeekend.com

Will about Jada: "She's someone I can talk to about anything."
Source: Ebony. 2/1997. pg. 57.

Jada about Will: "When we met, I never thought in a million years that Will Smith and I would be together."
Source: Ebony. 2/1997. pg. 57.

Will on open marriage: "Our perspective is, you don't avoid what's natural. You're going to be attracted to people. In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others.' The vow that we made was that you will never hear that I did something after the fact. If it came down to it, then one spouse can say to the other, 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. I'm not going to if you don't approve of it - but please approve of it.'"
Source: Richard Simpson. "Will: Ask your wife before you cheat on her." DailyMail.co.uk. 2/08/2005.

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