Will Smith said that they got married only because Pinkett Smith's mother asked them.
A clip from Jada Pinkett Smith's talk show, Red Table Talk has resurfaced after the infamous controversy of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. In the clip, Pinkett Smith along with her husband, her mother, and her daughter, Willow, talks about their "horrible" marriage. She tied the knot with the Oscar-winning actor on New Year's Eve in 1997 in a lavish wedding at the Gothic-style Cloisters Castle in a suburb of her hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. She confessed how she "never wanted to get married" to Smith, reports New York Post.
Pinkett Smith's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, affectionately called Gammy, also opened up about how she forced her daughter to get married against her wishes. Pinkett Smith said, "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." She recalled how her mother forced her to get married after she got pregnant with her first son, Jaden Smith. She added, "I really didn't want to get married." Smith, laughing, told his daughter, Willow, "We only got married because Gammy was crying."
Pinkett Smith further added, "It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding.'" Her mother replied, "I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married.” Banfield-Norris was just 18 and pregnant when she temporarily married Pinkett Smith's father. She added, "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.”
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Pinkett Smith said, "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. I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’" Banfield-Norris confessed that "the wedding was horrible." She added, "It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant … She didn’t cooperate with anything.” Pinkett Smith laughed and agreed with her mother while adding, "And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle."
Smith said that he, on the other hand, was extremely excited to get married despite the circumstances. He said, "There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted anything other than being married and having a family. From literally 5 years old, I was picturing what my family would be." However, with time, the couple realized that whatever the situation might have been, getting married was "the right call." Banfield-Norris also apologized for forcing Pinkett Smith to marry against her consent. She said that she was being "selfish" in asking them to have an expensive and grand wedding even when her daughter did not wish to get married.
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