Rumors of divorce and an open marriage have plagued actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith for years. Now, Smith is opening up about his 19-year marriage.
Speaking with The Sun, the “Suicide Squad” star said, “I’ve done a lot of marriage counseling. What happens in a marriage once you do counseling, the truth comes out. You look at each other and you can’t imagine you could ever possibly love each other again now the truth is out.”
According to Smith, counseling creates a “dark moment” but it’s a necessary moment. “It creates a dark moment. But for me it’s the dark before the dawn. When the truth comes out and people have to say who they are and what they think, you get to know who they are.”
“I think that’s the cleansing before you get to the other side that is understanding and moving forward in our relationship,” he added.
Both Will and Jada have acknowledged problems in their marriage before but neither have ever spoke about marriage counseling. Last year, Jada addressed claims about them having an open relationship.
“At the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man,” she said. “I trust that the man that Will is is a man of integrity. So, he’s got all the freedom in the world, and as long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be OK, I’m good.”
Before revealing the couple went to marriage counseling, Smith told "Entertainment Weekly" the secret to his successful marriage was working on each other individually. “If there is a secret I would say is that we never went into working in our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.”