In a 2018 clip, Jada Pinkett Smith admitted she “really didn’t want to get married” to her husband Will Smith. The famous couple made headlines after Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife’s hair. This led to the Academy banning Smith from the award show for the next decade, and a lot of scrutiny into the Jada and Will’s marriage. Which is how a video from 2018 resurfaced where Pinkett Smith confessed to “crying down the freaking aisle” at their wedding in 1997.
Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Doesn’t Believe in Marriage
This clip is from Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” Facebook series, in a candid episode with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also known as “Gammy,” Smith, and their daughter, Willow. “I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do,” said 50-year-old Pinkett Smith. “I never wanted to be married.”
In this episode, Pinkett Smith recalled how her mother forced her and Smith to get married after she became pregnant with their son, Jaden, who’s now 23. “I really didn’t wanna get married,” Pinkett Smith restated. Chuckling, Smith told Willow, “We only got married because Gammy was crying.”
“It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding,’” said Pinkett Smith. This prompted Banfield-Norris to say in the interview, “I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married. “I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage. I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.”
Pinkett Smith went on recollecting how she gave in. “And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding,” she said. “I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’” She explained that she was under a lot of pressure. Her mother apologized for not respecting her will at that time. 
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A Marriage With Ups and Downs
Then they discussed how “horrible” the wedding day was, with Jada being three months pregnant. Banfield-Jones said, “The wedding was horrible. It was a mess, Jada was sick, and she was very unpleasant. When she was sick she didn’t cooperate.”
Will Smith was excited, however. Ever since he was a child, he dreamed of marriage and raising a family. Meanwhile, Jada did not feel the same way. “I was so upset that I had to have a wedding…” Jada said. “I went crying down the freakin’ aisle. I cried the whole way.”
When this episode aired, the couple had celebrated over twenty years of marriage. During it, Smith asked Jada what part of marriage she opposed. She responded, “I just never really agreed with the construct. I just don’t agree with it. I never have, I still don’t. Till death do us part is real for me. It’s just all of the rules and ideas.” After, she confirmed it’s the things you “can’t do” as a wife that she dislikes.
The couple has gone through many struggles throughout the years. Further resurfaced footage includes an Instagram Live from 2019 where Jada Pinkett Smith asks him to comment about therapist and author Esther Peel but instead he asks her not to film him without permission. “My social media presence is my bread and butter,” he said. “So you can’t just use me for social media. Don’t just start rolling; I’m standing in my house. Don’t start rolling.” 
Jada’s Extramarital Entanglement
In 2020, Pinkett Smith released an episode of “Red Table Talk” where she confesses to having an “entanglement” with 29-year-old R&B August Alsina. This occurred while the couple was taking a break and Smith later revealed he also “sought affection outside their marriage” as they had formed an open marriage.