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Will Smith has opened up about the hidden details of his 24-year marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith following rumours they were in an open relationship.
Will, 53, admitted the couple had an unofficial separation in a new interview with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey to promote his upcoming memoir Will.
Fans had for a long time speculated the two were in an open relationship after Jada, 50, admitted to a prior sexual relationship with singer August Alsina.
Will said on Apple TV+'s A Conversation With Oprah: "Ya know, it's really funny. We never actually like, officially separated."
Oprah claimed no one had ever known the exact details of their rumoured separation - its length and limits.
Will told the story about the lowest point in their marriage which happened on Jada's 40th birthday in September 2011.
He had spent three years planning an incredible birthday surprise for his wife, but Jada hated the entire thing.
Will, who also admitted to having an affair, said: "We realised that it was a fantasy illusion that we could make each other happy.
"We agreed that she had to make herself happy and I had to make myself happy.
"Then we were going to present ourselves back to the relationship already happy, versus demanding that the other person fill our empty cup."
Will opened up about his struggle maintaining good mental health in a recent trailer for his upcoming docuseries The Best Shape of My Life.
He said: "What you've come to understand as Will Smith, the alien-annihilating MC, bigger-than-life movie star, is largely a construction - a carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself, to hide myself from the world, to hide the coward."
Will's relationship with his wife was intense, demanding, and restrictive.
He called their marriage a 'marital prison' and said there was no room for friends as in most healthy relationships.
He said: "You love in freedom with everybody except your partner."
In an attempt to fix the problem, Will and Jada agreed on the unofficial split to save their marriage.
Will said to Jada: "Go figure out if you can be happy and prove to me it's even possible.
"I'm gonna do me and you do you."
He did not directly admit to having an open relationship but said everything is possible as the goal of the relationship is spiritual, not sexual.
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