Jada Pinkett Smith Clarifies Open Marriage Comment: Will and I Have a ‘Grown’ Marriage

Celebrity News Apr. 17, 2013 AT 2:30PM
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith Credit: J. Countess/Getty Images

Jada Pinkett Smith wants explain a comment she made last week regarding having an open marriage with husband Will Smith.

"I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be OK,'" Jada said on "HuffPost Live". "Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I'm here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa."

Now, Pinkett Smith is taking to Facebook to clarify what she meant by those remarks.

"Here is how I will change my statement...Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship...this means we have a GROWN one.

"Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not," Jada posted on Sunday. "I am addressing this issue because a very important subject has been born from discussions about my statement that may be worthy of addressing."

The actress continued: "Do we believe loving someone means owning them? Do we believe that ownership is the reason someone should 'behave'? Do we believe that all the expectations, conditions, and underlying threats of 'you better act right or else' keep one honest and true? Do we believe that we can have meaningful relationships with people who have not defined nor live by the integrity of his or her higher self? What of unconditional love? Or does love look like, feel like, and operate as enslavement? Do we believe that the more control we put on someone the safer we are? What of TRUST and LOVE?"

"Should we be married to individuals who can not be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom?" asked Pinkett-Smith. "Should we be in relationships with individuals who we can not entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE...for us???"

What do you think about Jada Pinkett Smith's post? Does that clear things up, or raise more questions?

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