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Jada Pinkett Smith confessed she “really didn’t want to get married” to Will Smith.
In fact, the “Matrix” actress — now on the spitting spit of Smith’s infamous Chris Rock Oscars smack-down and the Academy’s decision Friday to ban him from the ceremony for 10 years — admitted that she was “by the crazy aisle wept” before tying the knot with the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star on New Year’s Eve in 1997.
“I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do,” explained Pinkett Smith, 50, in a freshly unearthed excerpt from her “Red Table Talk” Facebook series. “I never wanted to get married.”
In the 2018 clip — which has resurfaced amid renewed controversy surrounding her seedy “entanglement” with R&B singer August Alsina, 29 — Pinkett Smith candidly recalls her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, aka “Gammy,” 68 , who forced her and Smith to get married after she became pregnant with their first son together, Jaden, now 23.
“I really didn’t want to get married,” Pinkett Smith repeated as she sat at the round table with her mother, as well as Smith, 53, and their daughter Willow, 21.
“We only got married because Gammy cried,” a chuckling Smith told Willow.
“It was almost like Gammy said, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding,'” Pinkett Smith said, urging Banfield-Norris to confess: “I remember feeling really strong and wanted that you would get married.”
The “Girls Trip” star’s mother was just 18 when she became pregnant with Pinkett Smith and briefly married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr..
“I remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage,’ Banfield-Norris added. “I remember rejecting the idea of a wedding, but not a marriage.”
Pinkett Smith then recalled being knocked down in Big Day submission.
“And now Gammy’s done with Will, crying ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m forced to get married,” she said. “I just wanted the two of us to be on a mountain because I was like, ‘This is serious business.'”
Jada and Will were married at the gothic Cloisters Castle in the suburbs of her hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. And despite their picturesque location, Pinkett Smith and her mother both acknowledged that it was less than amazing.
“The wedding was horrible,” Banfield-Norris admitted. “It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant… She was not cooperating with anything.”
Laughing, Pinkett Smith agreed, saying, “And I was so upset I had to get married. I was so mad I went down the damn aisle crying. I cried all the way down the aisle.”
Conversely, Smith — who earned his first Oscar in March for a masterful portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, 80, in the feature film “King Richard” — was positively giddy on their wedding day.
“There wasn’t a day in my life that I wanted to do anything but get married and start a family,” he said during the episode. “From literally 5 years old, I imagined what my family would be like.”
Despite Pinkett Smith’s deep-seated distaste for their marriage, she and Smith eventually agreed that a relationship was, in fact, “the right decision.”
And Banfield-Norris apologized for disrespecting her daughter’s protest over a wedding and for being “selfish” by insisting on a lavish ceremony, over the fact that Pinkett Smith is her only child.
The re-released “Red Table Talk” tape comes on the heels of more unearthed footage from the couple’s rocky, recent past.
According to a 2019 Instagram Live clip, an apparently annoyed Smith scolded his wife for broadcasting him on social media without his prior consent.
“Don’t just start filming me without asking,” Smith said in response to Pinkett Smith showing his face on camera as he asked, “Would you say [therapist Esther Perel] helped redefine our relationship between you and me?”
And when the actress dismissed her husband’s anger as “foolishness,” Smith replied, “My social media presence is my bread and butter. So you can’t just use me for social media. Don’t just start rolling; I’m in my house. Don’t start rolling.”
So far, neither Will nor Jada Pinkett Smith have publicly commented on the resurfaced videos.