Will and Jada are #relationshipgoals. He hopped on Instagram last week to post a charming selfie with his long-term love Jada. It was sweet, but nothing to write home about—until you read the caption:
“I just realized…This year we’ve been together more than HALF OUR LIVES!”
Say what? That can’t be right.
Will and Jada married in 1997, but they’ve been dating since 1995. The power couple met while his divorce to his first wife, Sheree, was being finalized. Will, of course, has been a blockbuster movie star for decades.
He has half a dozen movies in development, including Bad Boys 4 and the live-action Aladdin, where he’ll take over the role of the Genie from the late Robin Williams. Jada has been enjoying a career renaissance after her run on the TV series Gotham and the ensemble comedy Girls Trip alongside Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish.
22 Years Strong
The Hollywood power couple has been together for 22 years. For some perspective, here’s a brief list of things that are younger than Will and Jada’s relationship: Titanic. Kylie Jenner. The Truman Show. Bella Thorne. Mulan. Paris Jackson. Windows 95. Elle Fanning. Netflix. Sophie Turner. Ariel Winter. Google. The Matrix. The DVD.
Do you feel old yet? Because I certainly do.
The couple have weathered critics over the years who claim that they’re on the brink of divorce—not to mention that strange time a few years ago when everyone was convinced that the Pinkett-Smith household had secretly become Scientologists.
In June, Jada defended their marriage on Sirius XM’s Sway in the Morning program, insisting that she and Will were as strong as ever. “Here’s the thing about Will and I, it’s like, we are family, that’s never going down! It’s just not! Ever!”
Tired of Divorce Rumors
Will backed up her statement in July while being interviewed for TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast: “We don’t even say we’re married anymore. We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life.”
He went on to say that there was literally nothing Jada could do to shake their relationship, saying, “She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.”
But maybe don’t ask Will about the state of his marriage if you meet him. He released his first new music since 2005 this May, and he’s clearly tired of people coming after his family. In the song “To the Clique,” he raps: “Stop the divorce rumors and mind your damn business.”