Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland. She is 50 years old.
Pinkett Smith had a close friendship with rapper Tupac Shakur that formed while they attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. She later appeared in his music videos “Keep Ya Head Up” (1993) and “Temptations” (1995). In 1995, she contributed $100,000 towards Shakur’s bail as he awaited an appeal on his sexual abuse conviction. Pinkett Smith stated in the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection that he was “one of my best friends. He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime.”
In 2018, Pinkett Smith revealed that she had been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease alopecia areata. She shared a video on her Instagram account in 2021 showing herself with a shaved head, saying “Now at this point, I can only laugh”.
She met Will Smith in 1994 on the set of Smith’s television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when she auditioned for the role of his character’s girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes. She was considered too short and the role went to actress Nia Long. Will and Jada later began dating after he separated from Sheree Fletcher.
On December 31, 1997, while Jada was three months pregnant, about 100 guests attended their wedding at The Cloisters, near her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
In April 2013, Pinkett Smith caused many to believe she and Will were in an open marriage after stating in an interview: “I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay’. Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man.”
Jada and Will have two children, Jaden (born 1998), and Willow (born 2000). She is also the stepmother of Trey Smith, Will’s son from a previous marriage.
In June 2020, singer and rapper August Alsina—a friend of Pinkett Smith’s son Jaden—said that he and Pinkett Smith had been involved in an adultery in 2016, when he was 23 years old and she was 44. He also claimed that the affair happened with Will Smith’s permission.
In 2021, Will Smith stated that Pinkett Smith “never believed in conventional marriage” and that both of them have had sexual relationships outside of their marriage.