She said her mother forced her to get married after she became pregnant with her first child.
Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about how she "really didn’t want to get married” to her husband, Will Smith. The couple has been in the limelight, after Smith's infamous slap at the 94th Academy Awards. As we reported earlier, he went on the stage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made an insensitive joke about Pinkett Smith's autoimmune condition. Pinkett Smith said in a resurfaced interview clip from Red Table Talk from 2018, "I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do."
Pinkett Smith and Smith married at the Gothic-style Cloisters Castle in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. Despite the wedding seeming perfect to outsiders, Pinkett Smith's mother described it as "horrible" and a "mess." Pinkett Smith added, "I never wanted to be married," reports New York Post. Her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, better known as "Gammy," 68, forced the two to marry after Pinkett Smith became pregnant with their first child, Jaden, now 23. The actress sat at a round table with her mother, Smith, 53, and their 21-year-old daughter Willow. She said, "I really didn’t wanna get married." Smith said to their daughter, Willow, "We only got married because Gammy was crying." Pinkett Smith added, "It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding.'"
Her mother chimed in, "I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married." When Pinkett Smith was born, her mother was just 18 years old and she temporarily married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr. Banfield Norris. Her mother recalled, "I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage. I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.” Pinkett Smith added to the conversation, "And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding. I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’"
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Banfield-Norris talked about the wedding, "Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant … She didn’t cooperate with anything." Pinkett Smith laughed and responded, "And I was so upset that I had to have a wedding. I was so pissed I went crying down the freaking aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle.” However, Smith has completely opposite feelings about their wedding. He said, "There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted anything other than being married and having a family. From literally 5 years old, I was picturing what my family would be.”
Despite Pinkett Smith's passionate opposition to their wedding, she and Smith eventually concluded that getting married was, in fact, "the right call." Banfield-Norris also apologized for not respecting the wishes of her daughter and asking them to have a grand wedding.
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