Jada Pinkett Smith says she regrets dating Will Smith while he was still married

Jada Pinkett Smith talks about Will and her relationship and how she regrets not backing it off knowing that he had been married.

                            Jada Pinkett Smith says she regrets dating Will Smith while he was still married
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (Source: Getty Images)

Jada Pinkett Smith did not hold back from talking about her personal feelings during the first episode of her Facebook talk show Red Table Talk. For her first episode, Jada decided to bring Will Smith‘s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher as her first guest. The actress spoke about the problems they faced later in order to become one as a family. 

“Because I did not understand marriage, I did not understand divorce, I probably should have fell back,” Jada said. To this Sheree  jokingly replies, “You think?” Will and Sheree had been married for three years and at the time of the affair, the pair shared a 3-year-old son, Trey. Since then, Jada and Will have been together for 20 years. 

As the interview went on, Jada recalled how all of them had managed to get past what had happened before and have a bond that is fit to describe a family. Both of them recalled the time when Jada met Trey for the first time. “So Trey comes home and I said, ‘How did you like Miss Jada?’ He said, ‘I really liked her, Mommy,’ ” Sheree recalled.

Listening to this Jada could not hold back her emotions and started to cry. At this point, Sheree reached out to her and said: “Thank you for loving my baby.” Jada had previously opened up about bringing Sheree on the show because she had managed to be an important part of her life. 

"I thought it was important to have that conversation because she was my entry point to motherhood. I was co-mothering with her," she said. "At that particular time, before [having a blended family] was popular, before it was even an idea, we were trying to create something that we had never experienced.”

She added, “We came from broken homes. We didn’t have a blueprint. We just had an idea. This is what we think we want. This is what we want to try to do for Trey.” Jada hosts the show along with her other Adrienne Banfield-Jones as well as her 17-year-old daughter, Willow Smith. 

During the interview, Jada also recalled a time when Will stepped in during the argument that brewed between her and Sheree. It all happened when Sheree had called to talk to her son, Trey and Jada happened to be the one who picked up the call. “Very few times in my life I can recall being checked real hard where I didn’t have nothing to say,” said Sheree. “But you weren’t out of line.”

“You basically let me know, ‘I don’t really appreciate your tone,’ ” she recalled. “And you hung up on me.” While Jada said, “Will let me have it,” said Pinkett Smith. “His take was, ‘That is Trey’s mother and that’s just not your place.’” It seemed like the words helped as the next time the two saw each other, they tried to work things out and now it seems like it has all turned out to be good. 

Talking to People, Jada mentioned what the show stands for. “Red Table Talk is about raw truth, love and deep passion. My mother is old school, Willow is a new school, and I find myself right in the middle,” she said.  “I’ve done a lot of sharing and growing on Facebook. Being able to engage with the Facebook Watch community in such a deeply personal way is amazing, and I’m excited to be part of something new.”