Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Cried Walking Down the Aisle at Her Wedding: 'I Was So Pissed'

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Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on her family’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk on Monday that she was not happy on her wedding day and felt pressured to marry Will Smith because she was pregnant at the time (December 1997) with her son Jaden. She paints a pretty upsetting picture of the big day.

Us Weekly reports that Smith said, “It was almost as if [my mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones] was like, ‘You have to get married.’ I was under so much pressure being a young actress. Being young, pregnant…I just didn’t know what to do. But I knew I never wanted to be married.”

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“I was so upset that I had to have a wedding,” Jada continued. “I was so pissed. I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle!”

Banfield-Jones affirmed that Smith was “very unpleasant” on her wedding day and “didn’t cooperate with anything.” She apologized for pushing Smith into marriage saying, “I’m sorry that I didn’t respect your wishes. It was totally selfish.”

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My nearly 50 YO self is saying “you should have stood up for yourself and not married him if you were not ready, mother be damned”.

My 24 YO self did the same goddamn thing and now its 20+ years later and now I am in a situation where it I cannot extricate myself (don’t start with me - disabled husband, house specially built for his needs by in-laws with a real estate company, equity at risk, etc.) that makes it impossible for me to get out.

I knew I didn’t want to marry my husband then (I love him, but I was never in love with him), but I could not find the strength to say it at that time. I knew he would be an awesome father (and he is), so that is what I hung my hat on. That is what I was supposed to do according to everyone else. Get a degree. Get married. Have a child (and apparently I was supposed to have more, but that was a bridge too far for me - one and done for me).

Good for Jada that it worked out for her in the end. I just want everyone out there to know it always doesn’t work that way.

This is not a plea for sympathy, but a cautionary tale.  I heard myself.  I just didn’t LISTEN.