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‘Will and I have a grown relationship’

MARITAL BLISS?: Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

WITH RUMOURS circulating that Hollywood power couple Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are in an open relationship, the latter has shed some light on the accusations in a lengthy statement.

In an interview with the Huffington Post earlier this month, Pinkett Smith was quoted saying: “I’ve always told Will, ‘you can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be ok."

This statement led to speculation that the couple, who have been married for 14 years and have two children together, indeed have an open relationship.

The 41-year-old then clarified the rumours via a statement on her Facebook page.

The actress said: “Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not.

"I am addressing this issue because a very important subject has been born from discussions about my statement that may be worthy of addressing.

“The statement I made in regard to, ‘Will can do whatever he wants,’ has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist.

“Do we believe loving someone means owning them? Do we believe that ownership is the reason someone should behave? Do we believe that all the expectations, conditions, and underlying threats of ‘you better actor right or else’ keep one honest and true?"

She continued: "Do we believe that we can have meaningful relationships with people who have not defined nor live by the integrity of his or her higher self? What of unconditional love? Or does love look like, feel like, and operate as enslavement?”

“Do we believe that the more control we put on someone the safer we are? What of TRUST and LOVE? Should we be married to individuals who cannot be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom?

"Should we be in relationships with individuals who we cannot entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE … for us???”

Pinkett Smith added: “Here is how I will change my statement. Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship … this means we have GROWN one.”

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