Marriage and relationships have certainly changed over the years, this subject has been brought to the forefront this week as Will Smith revealed details of his open marriage in a recent interview.
Will Smith, 53, opened up about his 23 year marriage to wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, admitting that the couple do not practice monogamy.
Last year the couple’s marriage came under public scrutiny following an admission by Jada that she had an “entanglement” with rapper August Alsina during a Red Table Talk show interview while the couple were separated.
During the Red Table interview, Jada, admitted to the entanglement with the rapper after being pressed by her husband on what had transpired.
“I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Pinkett Smith said
Rumours swirled at the time that Will had also engaged in a sexual relationship outside of the marriage but that was never confirmed.
Talking about his upcoming memoir with GQ, the actor has admitted that although the couple practiced monogamy at first they opened up the marriage after realising they were both unhappy.
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage … Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up,” Smith told GQ.
“There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the largest part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”
“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison,” he told GQ.
He added: “But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”
The couple married in 1997 and have two children together, Jayden and Willow. Will also has another son, Trey, from a previous marriage.
The actor-rapper will release his memoir titled ‘Will’ on November 9.