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In a recent episode of her new Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she’s really not down with dating anybody in a going through a divorce midst of a divorce.

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.

In an interview with E! News, Jada said she does not give dating advice to her and the actor’s children, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Instead, she shares her own experiences.

“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.

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19 thoughts on “Jada Pinkett Smith Advises Against Dating A Person Going Through A Divorce

    • Ok, so are you offering any prayers for the Smiths or you just enjoy talking about other people’s children.

      In my experience, people so quick on the trigger with self righetous judgment have kids who probably need to live in the basement, and Mr & Mrs Parents of the Year can’t see how serious their own children’s problems are. It just feels so much better to judge than to pray. Hey wait a minute, what is the name of that guy who accuses and judges? Oh right… the devil.

      Lol and you actually brought up the devil. Lol.

  1. It’s so gratifying and humbling to be in the presence of all these perfect morally pure parents and their perfect children.

    People who have never had so much as an untoward thought towards someone else’s husband or wife.

    I thought folks like that were required to wear wings and halos. Hmm…

  2. GeminiMinded on said:

    While I agree that people shouldn’t date married men (because that’s what a person “going through a divorce” is), I also don’t believe anybody in their right mind needs to be taking relationship advice from someone whose own relationship yielded mentally unstable children. Two-parent homes, particularly one with both of the biological parents, and even more, one with no financial limitations, are the ideal family make-up and are most likely to produce mentally and emotionally stable children. The fact that they have all of this, yet their children are, well we all know how their children are (talent and money pales in comparison to mentally, emotionally and spiritually balanced)…let’s just say I wouldn’t let this woman advise me on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    • Gemini: To say that they yielded Mentally Unstable children is very harsh. Please elaborate. Are you referring to Jaden wearing a skirt? If so……a skirt doesn’t really define someone. In fact Scottish men used to wear Kilts / skirts and it didn’t define their inner being. What’s your issue with Willow? I never understood why (some) people were tripping on their kids. Most Teens from all families can be difficult

  3. Jada’s words healed me. Women dating a separated man can be dogs and that is some of the reason I really don’t trust my fellow females.

    Some woman pawed my estranged husband while we were trying to reconcile we had two kids under 6 years. He wound up leaving with her.

    Jada I think you are classy, bringing it like a grown woman, not like that conniving Alicia Keys. My ex husband likes her because she is sneaky like he was.

    • Phoenix Rising on said:

      You shouldn’t blame the other women if the married man made his choice. He is where he wants to be. If not with you, then with the other woman in his life. You don’t trust your fellow females? Why? Contradicting yourself. Hence, your Alicia Keys comment and the reason your ex likes her. Believing she was sneaky, like he was. The problem is with him, not what Alicia Keys did. Just as you stated. He was just too sneaky for you. That spells untrustworthy, so don’t blame other women for his character flaws. “Some woman pawed my estranged husband while we were trying to reconcile”. If that’s all it took for him to leave, then he didn’t want to reconcile with you. You stated he (I assume you meant, left with her). That woman owed you nothing, and if your former really wanted to stay married to you with your two small children, he would have. He would have fought long and hard to make the marriage work. You should be happy that you no longer have an untrustworthy, sneaky man in your life. It’s not worth the stress, even when there are children involved. They sense the tension and no one will be happy. Place blame where it belongs. Not on the other woman or other man, but the cheating married spouse.

      • Phoenix: OMG you are definitely Rising (pun intended) to the top with your comments. Love it. Generally speaking women always get mad at the other woman…..instead of the man. People get with who they want to get with. We don’t own our spouses. And as previously stated…..why should anyone want someone that (no longer) wants them

      • Alicia Keys is a no talent cheater and brays like a donkey when she sings. I married a lazy selfish womanizing wife and child beating momma’s boy who with get his karmic ass kicked righteously one day very soon. Dirty old basterd

      • Waste no sympathy on sidechicks who get beaten up, cheated on and knocked up and abandoned like they never existed.

        Because if that man wanted the sidechick, he would be with her. The child changes nothing in his mind.

        Another foolish arrogant woman who thought getting shit on was just how he treats his ex wife.

        I guess he lied andshe was stupid enough to believe and trust an adulterer. SHRUG That’s on her. Lol.

    • Iris Sanders on said:

      I hate to tell this but if your husband wanted his marriage you two would be together. That woman would have been history. Both parties have to want it.

  4. Jada you are no PSYCOLOGIST!!! And by the way you would a NOBODY if it weren’t for your movie star hubby.So stop trying to be REVELANT when are NOT.Stay SLEEP AS YOU”VE always been and STRAIGHTEN OUT those two UNBALANCED children you have for the good of your family!!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!

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