It means they’ve had two decades to truly understand how to build a strong marriage – and the key to their success, Jada, 47, revealed this week in an interview with The Guardian, is that they’ve defined what marriage means to them, and done it on their own terms.
“I knew that I was not built for conventional marriage,” the Girls Trip star shares in the interview.
“Even the word ‘wife’: it’s a golden cage, swallow the key. Even before I was married, I was like, ‘That’ll kill me.’ And it damn near did!”
Jada added that her experience with the hard work of marriage is one of the reasons why she created her Facebook show, Red Table Talk.
“Why wouldn’t you share what you’ve been through, when you see that other people are out there, trying to figure this crap out?
“We decided to make [our experience] public because it’s part of the healing. I feel like if we don’t have real understanding about it, I don’t know if interpersonal relationships are possible.”
The couple, who are both actors and producers, may have one of Hollywood’s longest marriages, but it wasn’t always a fairytale for them.
Jada admits in the interview that for many years, she was frustrated by her role of supportive wife, raising their children Jaden, 21, and Willow, 18, while Will built an iconic career, which started with his titular role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.