Though the couple are frequent targets for divorce rumors, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not planning on splitting any time soon — even after Will Smith’s comments that marriage is “grueling.”
Will Smith admitted that marriage was likely the hardest thing the couple took on together, and while marriage is grueling, he said that neither he nor his wife have any plans about quitting the relationship. The Hollywood powerhouses have been together for 20 years this year, and share two children, Jaden, now 17, and Willow, 15. Will is also dad to Trey, or Willard Christopher Smith III, who is now 23.
The Daily Mail noted that Smith took to Facebook in order to defend his marriage, and no doubt he might find the act of defending his marriage grueling. There were rumors this summer that the couple were busy negotiating a $240 million divorce settlement due to cheating on both sides of the relationship, a contention that Will Smith hotly denied.
The star wrote, “So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are…NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself! #Dumb People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D’s.”
Jada took a simpler route in supporting her husband’s post, writing, “My king has spoken.”
While Will Smith may have said marriage is grueling, he said the best advice the duo have about marriage is simply to continue to strive to be a better person, according to Perez Hilton.
“We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously,” he said.
She Knows acknowledged the public affection the couple displays for one another, reporting that if the couple is not sharing their mutual love for one another over social media, they are also very affectionate publicly. Smith said that even though marriage is grueling, he and his wife are also not quitters.
“You can’t expect it to be easy,” he said. “It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we’re just not quitters.”
Their dedication even when marriage is grueling is admirable. According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Given Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have continued to work on themselves and their marriage although it is sometimes grueling, there can be some hope offered to those couples who may very well be struggling.
While some may scratch their heads at Will Smith’s statement that marriage is grueling, the Hollywood heavyweight should be commended for his honesty. Marriage is, indeed, grueling, with a lot of honesty required from both, and since Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith apparently continue to work on themselves in order to improve their marriage, they may have the real secret about what makes marriage work: never quitting, even when marriage is grueling.
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