Will Smith on Jada Pinkett Smith: “Marriage Is the Most Difficult, Grueling, Excruciating Thing We Have Ever Taken On”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Making it last. Will Smith discussed his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, Nov. 23, revealing that the nearly 20 years they’ve been together have been filled with ups and downs.

“You can’t expect it to be easy,” the actor, 47, told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we’re just not quitters.”

Smith — who married Pinkett Smith in 1997 — also shared the secret to their marriage.

“If there is a secret I would say it is that we never went into working on our relationship,” the Concussion star revealed. “We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith kissing at an event
Will Smith kissed wife Jada Pinkett Smith onstage during the 2015 "Black Girls Rock!" BET Special Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Back in September, the Magic Mike XXL actress, 44, called her husband an “exceptional man” in a sweet message to the actor on his 47th birthday.

“You have 100 percent of my heart and the rest of my days,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Sept. 25.

The A-list couple share son Jaden, 17, and Willow, 15. Smith also shares son Trey, 23, with ex-wife Sheree Fletcher.

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