Popular American actor, Will Smith has said that both he and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have had sexual relationships with other people during their marriage.
Last year, the couple’s marriage was publicly scrutinised after rapper August Alsina claimed that he had engaged in a relationship with Jada with Will’s permission, The Independent reports.
Jada initially denied the claims, but when she and Will took part in an interview for her web show Red Table Talk, she said that an “entanglement” had occurred.
In a new interview with GQ, Will admitted that while their marriage was initially monogamous, they later decided to open it up after they were “both miserable and clearly something had to change”.
He also said that while the conversation surrounding Alsina had focused on Jada, both he and his wife had engaged in other sexual relationships.
“Jada never believed in a 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,” he said.
The entertainer noted that he and his wife had several discussions on how to make their marriage work because they did not want it to be like a prison.
Smith further noted that he does not suggest his marriage style to anybody.
He said, “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. 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 married in 1997 and have two children, Jayden and Willow.
The Independent has contacted Jada’s representatives for comment.