An emotional Will Smith described divorce from his first wife as his “ultimate failure”.
The Hollywood star, 51, sat down with his wife of 23 years Jada Pinkett Smith for a highly personal discussion to mark Father’s Day in the US.
In a Red Table Talk clip released ahead of Father’s Day, Pinkett Smith, Will’s current wife of 23 years, raises an idea that her husband has reflected on over the years, according to which “just because a man might not be the best husband does not mean [he’s not a good father]”.
“Divorce was the worst thing in my adult life,” Smith said of his 1995 divorce to his first wife. “Divorce was the ultimate failure for me.
“I’ve been hurt a lot in my adult life but I don’t think anything touches the failure of getting divorced from my two-year-old son’s mother.”
Back in 2018, Smith took to Instagram to discuss his and Trey’s relationship during a trip the pair took to Abu Dhabi wherein Fletcher called his dad his best friend.
“It has not always been like this between Trey & I,” he said. “We STRUGGLED FOR YEARS after my Divorce from his Mother. He felt betrayed & abandoned. It is a Wild Blessing to recover & restore a Loving Relationship with My Beautiful Son!”
Smith went on to marry Pinkett Smith in 1997. The pair have two children together: Jaden Smith, 21, and Willow Smith, 19.
In a 2018 episode of Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk web series, she spoke to Zampino and discussed their early rocky relationship.