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With three beautiful children, rewarding careers, and a happy marriage, Will Smith seems to have life all figured out. But a lot of rumors have spread about Will Smith and his family over the years. Is all the scuttlebutt much ado about nothing, or are the Smiths hiding some fascinating and funky family facts? Read on to find out the truth.
Will Smith was already a household name when he was in his early 20s. In the midst of all his success, he started dating actress Sheree Zampino. Though they got married and had a kid together, things were about to get messy.
Will Smith met Jada Pinkett when she auditioned as his onscreen girlfriend in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." And while she didn't get the role, the two hit it off instantly. However, there was a big problem getting in the way of their romance: Will was still married to Sheree Zampino at the time…
Will and Zampino got divorced in 1995 and two years later he tied the knot with Pinkett.
One rumor is that the couple is actually in an open relationship. Jada fueled the rumor further in an interview with Howard Stern when she said about Will Smith, “At the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. He’s a grown man…he’s got all the freedom in the world.”
There have been many infidelity rumors about the two for a long time, due to the couple's laidback approach towards their relationship. Will Smith was rumored to have had an affair with Margot Robbie when they filmed the movie "Focus" in 2015. And Jada was also suspected to be a cheater. She was said to be getting a little too intimate with her Hawthorne co-star Marc Anthony.
Not long after Jada Pinkett-Smith was rumored to be gay or bisexual, sources claimed that her husband Will had a romantic relationship with actor Duane Martin, which was a serious threat to their marriage. However, the Smiths have not publicly responded to this gossip.
Like many Hollywood couples, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have been plagued with divorce rumors over the years. Despite the wild speculation, Will has consistently debunked such theories. “Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death”, he said. And Jada also strongly denied those rumors “Here’s the thing about Will and me, we are family, that’s never going down. It’s just not — ever! We are family.” So guys, they are never getting a divorce! Not ever.
Will recently appeared as a guest on Tidal's Rap Radar podcast and used another name to describe their romance. "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 said.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have both consistently ranked among the highest-paid celebrity couples since 2012. Currently their net worth is estimated to be around $320 million.
Will Smith has three children: Son, Willard Smith III (Trey Smith), born on November 11, 1992, with Sheree Fletcher; Son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (Jaden Smith), born on July 8, 1998 and daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith (Willow Smith), born on October 31, 2000, with Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Will Smith’s two younger kids, Willow and Jaden, have begun impressive careers in entertainment as well. Willow got a taste of the pop star life when she was just 10 years old with her hit single “Whip My Hair.” Jaden meanwhile has starred alongside his dad in movies such as "The Pursuit of Happiness" and "After Earth." Willow has modeled for Chanel, while Jaden modeled for Louis Vuitton.
The couple has been consistently scrutinized by the outside world for the way that they bring up their kids. It is well documented that they never punish their kids and in recent times, Will has been vocally regretful about the way he and Jada have raised them. “I think we might have gone too far,” he told BBC.
There has been plenty of coverage about Willow and Jaden's crazy behavior. Examples include a strange relationship that Willow had with an adult man when she was just 13 years old. As for Jaden, “I have a goal to be just the craziest person of all time,” he said in an interview with T Magazine.
In 2010, Will Smith and the rest of his family spent three months living in Shanghai, China while Jaden filmed The Karate Kid.
Just recently, Will Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. That's not all though. He uploaded a video of the jump onto his YouTube account and within a single day, the video received a staggering 5 million views.
During the late '80s, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince were the names on everyone’s lips. After releasing their breakout hit single “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” they shook the world of hip-hop with their debut album Rock The House. After reaching the Billboard Top 200 and eventually being certified Gold, the album made Will Smith a millionaire at the age of 18. But the very best was yet to come…
In 1989, just two years after they released their debut album, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince received the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Song for "Parents Just Don't Understand" (1988), though their most successful single was "Summertime" (1991), which earned the group their second Grammy and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
At one point, it was reported that Smith had turned down a scholarship to Boston's elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but Smith later dispelled the rumor when he told an interviewer: "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."
Will has been considered to be one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood. He became the first actor in history to star in eight films in a row that grossed over $100 million and won a Guinness World Record for the most public appearances in 12 hours. He also holds the record for most Kids Choice Awards with a whopping six wins.
Actor Michael B. Jordan has recently sought advice from Smith on how to handling the rumors being spread about him on social media. While Jordan didn’t give away what Smith told him, he did, mention that Will told him to stay focused on his work and continue to build his career.
Though he is not a Scientologist and has denied rumors claiming him as a member of the Church of Scientology, he has often spoken favorably about it, saying "I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious."