It has been, it’s safe to say, an epic few years for close observers of the Smith family. Once called “the Black Jimmy Stewart” for his bankable nice-guy charm, Will Smith and his clan have officially fled the shores of normalcy for the shoals of the unconventional. No sooner had fans absorbed Jada Pinkett Smith’s entanglement with a much younger man, they had to digest her robust discussion of it with her spouse on her Facebook talk show Red Table Talk.
Then there was that Oscar ceremony where Smith slapped Chris Rock for joking about his wife, on the same night that he won a career-defining award. Just as the seas were feeling a bit calmer, Pinkett Smith announced that she and Smith, who were married in 1997, have in fact been separated and living “completely separate lives” for seven years.