Two weeks ago, Jada Pinkett Smith caused a stir with her HuffPost Live interview when she talked about rumors of having an open relationship with her husband Will Smith. She said that Will can do whatever he wants and that he's his own man.
Well, that only kept people talking and speculating.
So the actress, who, with Will, has two children, Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, clarified and expanded on her thoughts in a Sunday Facebook post. Jada, 41, talked about the relationship between trust and love and how they’re connected by posing a series of questions.
Here’s the full text of Jada’s Facebook post, which has already received more than 143,000 Likes and almost 20,000 shares:
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 act right or else" keep one honest and true? 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 can not be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom? Should we be in relationships with individuals who we can not entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE ... for us???
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 a GROWN one.
Here's the original HuffPost Live interview from two weeks ago: