Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been the subject of numerous ludicrous rumors regarding their relationship (see: August Alsina casually revealing that he dated Jada while she was married). But, while all of that was extremely!!!!, it wasn’t the first time Will and Jada had to deal with the internet flipping TF about their marriage.
They’ve been debunking rumors for decades, from claims of an open relationship and swingers to completely baseless murmurs that Jada cheated on Will with Marc Anthony. However, the truth is far more intricate than a bunch of online drama. It’s time to dispel the myths with a handy (and slightly thirsty) timeline, beginning with how Will and Jada met and fell in love.
Will met Jada on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but at the time he was married to Sheree Zampino. Will contacted Jada after he and Sheree split up and asked if she was seeing anyone. “Cool,” he remarked after she said no. You may see me now.” Everything else is history!
Jada and Will married while she was pregnant with their son, Jaden, though Jada was initially opposed to make their relationship “official” on paper. In a People cover story in 2019, she said: