Jada Pinkett Smith talks Will Smith "open relationship"
UPI News Service, 04/15/2013
Jada Pinkett Smith says she and her husband, actor Will Smith, don't have an open relationship contrary to longstanding rumors saying they do.
The Hollywood actress addressed the buzz during a recent interview with HuffPost Live, saying: "I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be OK.' 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."
E! News said Monday Pinkett Smith posted a clarification on Facebook after many people interpreted her remarks as confirmation she and her husband are permitted to have sex with other partners.
"Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not," she wrote on Facebook.
"I am addressing this issue because a very important subject has been born from discussions about my statement that may be worthy of addressing," she wrote. "The statement I made in regard to, 'Will can do whatever he wants,' has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist.
"Do we believe loving someone means owning them? Do we believe that ownership is the reason someone should behave'? Do we believe that all the expectations, conditions, and underlying threats of 'you better act right or else' keep one honest and true? Do we believe that we can have meaningful relationships with people who have not defined nor live by the integrity of his or her higher self?
"What of unconditional love? Or does love look like, feel like, and operate as enslavement? Do we believe that the more control we put on someone the safer we are? What of TRUST and LOVE? Should we be married to individuals who can not be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom? Should we be in relationships with individuals who we can not entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE...for us???
"Here is how I will change my statement...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."
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith married in 1997. They have two children.