Speaking from experience, the actress emphasized that she and Will Smith “did not have an affair while he was married.” However, he was still legally married; to first wife Sheree Zampino Fletcher and when she request for a divorce in 1995, and he didn’t contest.
“They have to find their way in regards to that because I’m gonna tell you, you gotta be real careful with that because if anybody was in their right mind, they would’ve told me not to date Will when I did,” she said. “He was in the middle of a divorce! Fresh! I would not suggest anybody do that.”
“But you don’t know what your fate is,” she continued. “Looking back, that was not a smart move. But it worked out how it was supposed to.”
Sheree and Jada discussed the issue on the premiere of Red Table Talk in May.
“Because I did not understand marriage, I didn’t understand divorce,” Jada told her. “I will say that I probably should have fell back.”
“Ya think?” Sheree replied, then asked, “Oh, you thought it was done?”
“See, that’s where I was wrong,” Jada said. “Now, being a married woman and if Will and I were to get divorced now, my God. So when I think back about where I was, some of my insensitivity, some of my inconsideration just in regards to you guys unwinding a marriage.”
The Smiths wed in 1997, two years after Will and Sheree finalized their divorce, while Jada was pregnant with Jaden.
Jada also talked to E! News about her close relationship with her kids.
“I know when I have to put those boundaries down as ‘Mommy,’” she said. “My kids respect me and I respect them. It’s not really difficult to transition from the parenting role into friendship role.”
“When you called Jaden yesterday—I was listening to the conversation—they talked probably for an hour,” said Jada’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones, who also appears on her Facebook Watch show. “She’s like that with all her kids. It’s amazing.”
Jada does not give dating advice to her children, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Instead, she shares her own experiences.