Do Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have âseparate livesâ? A new report claims the couple is on the verge of a divorce. But Gossip Cop can set the record straight, with help from the actor himself.
Before we get into the specifics of this new Star article, itâs important to look at the tabloidâs history. This is a gossip magazine that has been falsely spreading allegations about the couple splitting for years. In 2011, for example, the outlet published a âdivorce papersâ cover story. That was followed in 2012 with a cover story touting a âdivorce bombshell.â Gossip Cop debunked both of those reports when they came out, and time has shown our reporting was correct. The couple never called it quits. Whatâs more is theyâve each addressed some of these bogus breakup rumors over the years, including in interviews Jada has given to Essence and Redbook, as well as on Willâs Facebook page.
Now the publicationâs latest piece claims the Smiths have spent âmore than 520 days apartâ and havenât been seen together since 2016. This is demonstrably wrong. In January, for instance, Will shared on Instagram a video of him and Jada on a paddleboat together. Additionally, two separate contacts close to the couple separately tell Gossip Cop on background that the reason the couple has not been seen together lately is because Will has been away shooting a movie in Europe. Notably, that key information is missing from the tabloidâs story.
Instead, a so-called âinsiderâ is quoted as saying, âThe word among Will and Jadaâs friends is their marriage is in troubleâŠ Will and Jada are spending less time together and just want to do their own thing.â The phrasing of âthe word isâ is a telltale sign that the magazine doesnât have any first-hand knowledge of the situation, nor direct confirmation that the marriage is in fact in trouble. Instead, readers are supposed to believe what purported âfriendsâ allegedly told an âinsider,â who supposedly leaked that information to the gossip media. This sourcing, coupled with the outletâs documented history of spreading untrue claims about marital problems, simply isnât credible.
Still, this questionable âinsiderâ goes on to maintain, âWill and Jada will be there for their kids always, but they donât want to be shackled together â and could be well on their way to a divorce.â This is false, according to Will himself. Earlier this week, Will slammed divorce rumors in a new song, in which he raps, â20 years of swag yâall just witnessed/Stop the divorce rumors and mind your damn business.â The â20 yearsâ is a reference to the couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary last December.
For her part, just last week Jada opened up about how âextremely supportiveâ Will has been of her during their marriage. Logically, if heâs supporting her, the stars arenât living âseparate lives,â as alleged by the publication. Their careers and individual journeys may mean theyâre not physically in the same place as often as theyâd like, but that doesnât mean theyâre any less united in their relationship. In fact, in early May Will revealed he convinced Jada to rejoin Instagram. In a post days later, he referred to his wife as his âqueen.â
Itâs evident from Will and Jadaâs own comments, their social media feeds, the inaccuracies within this article and the untrustworthy sourcing that the couple is not about to break up. With all this in mind, weâve determined the report to be not true, just like the ones that have come before it. Adds one of our aforementioned contacts, âItâs ridiculous.â
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