Jada Pinkett Smith has stated that she and Will Smith have been “working very hard” on their marriage after revealing last week that they separated in 2016.
They lived apart, she said, despite frequently appearing together.
Pinkett Smith told NBC that they are truly focused on “healing the relationship.”
The couple made headlines last year when Will Smith stormed the Oscar stage and slapped host Chris Rock.
He shouted, “Don’t you ever mention my wife’s name out of your [expletive] mouth.”
Pinkett Smith’s disclosure about their Hollywood actor relationship made headlines worldwide.
Speaking on NBC’s Today Show, she said, “Right now, we are in a deep healing space.
“And we are really focused on healing the relationship between us…
“We have been working very hard to bring our relationship back to a partnership.”
She explained, “He can’t be the perfect husband. I have to be able to accept him for who he is.
“He has to accept me for who I am. And we want to love each other there.”
When asked if the couple might live together again, she agreed.
On Wednesday, as part of the book launch, she said she had considered legal divorce but couldn’t go through with it because she was determined to see it through.
She saw the breakup as due to “a lot of stuff,” and in 2016 they “got tired of trying.”
Speculation about the couple’s marriage circulated in 2020 after the pair discussed on their Facebook show Red Table Talk that Pinkett Smith had been “entangled” with artist August Alsina.
The actors met in 1994 when she auditioned for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and they married in 1997.
The couple has two children together – Jaden Smith and Willow Smith – along with Trey Smith, Smith’s son from his first marriage.