Speaking to People, Jada shared that she and Will, who have been married since 1997, are still navigating their relationship and figuring out where they stand as a couple today.
“We’re still figuring it out,” she told the publication before revealing that she and Will have been separated for seven years.
“We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together. We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us,” Jada continued.
As for why they separated, Jada sat down with the Today show, where she shared that “a lot of things” factored into it.
“Why it fractured, that’s a lot of things. I think by the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be,” she said.
While Jada and Will may be separated, the couple still attended the 2022 Academy Awards, where Will won the award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard. However, that night gave way to the moment where Will slapped host Chris Rock over a comment Rock made about Jada.
“I thought, ‘This is a skit,'” Jada said of the moment. “I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him.’ It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.”
Jada then recalled asking her husband if he was alright when they were alone post the award show. She suggested that Will is still on a journey of his own.
“I’m going to be by his side, but also allow him to have to figure this out for himself,” Jada said.
At the moment, Jada is focused on her kids and she shared how they have helped her during this time.
“My children, they’re little gurus. They’ve taught me a deep sense of self-acceptance,” she said.
“They love every part of me. The level of love, unconditional love that they have for me and their dad. And it’s one thing to want to be the person that gives that unconditional love. And then there’s, to be the recipient of that,” she shared.
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