Why Jada Pinkett Smith Would Want Daughter Willow to Have a Relationship Like Hers

Despite Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's separation and marital struggles, the Girls Trip actress confirmed she'd want daughter Willow to have a relationship like theirs. Let Jada explain.

By Sabba Rahbar Feb 29, 2024 9:07 PMTags
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Though Jada Pinkett Smith's marriage has faced its highs and lows, it's allowed her the opportunity to grow.

Which is why she'd approve of daughter Willow Smith having a relationship like the one she and Will Smith have.

As the Girls Trip actress recently explained to Danielle Robay on the Feb. 29 episode of PRETTYSMART, "If it's going to help her become the woman I'm becoming, yes."

In fact, despite her and Will's 2016 separation, Jada confirmed they are in it for the long haul.

"As much as Will and I have tried to get away from each other, it's not happening," she said, echoing a previous statement from last year.

And although Jada noted her relationship will never be the "fairy tale" she previously hoped for, she's still thankful to have the Oscar winner as her life partner. "To know that I have someone by my side that, no matter what, is dedicated to learning how to love and learning how to love me, and vice versa, I don't know what else you could ask for."

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The Red Table Talk host also had nothing but praise for daughter Willow's musical career.

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"She was just so enamored with her mother performing. And she just loved it so much," Jada said of the 23-year-old. "And then to just see her, I mean, she just took it to the next level."

And Jada, who also shares son Jaden, 25, with Will, is so impressed with that path Willow has taken with her career.

"Your children, who journeyed with you in a certain way," she added, "and then they take that journey and just fly with it. She's just an exceptional artist in my mind."

Keep reading for more moments from the Smith family legacy.


Stunner in a blue outfit (dress?)! Will and Jada are all smiles at the Devil in a Blue Dress premiere in 1995.

White hot

Have you ever seen anything more '90s glam than this? The couple poses together in 1997, the year they got married.

Baby bump alert

Jada is styling more than just a trendy silver coat in this 1998 red carpet photo: she's showing off her baby bump in a sleek black dress. Jaden Smith was born on July 8, 1998.

Suited up

Hats off to the couple who never cease to show up on a red carpet in style. Here they are together at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in 2005.

Here comes the bride

Jada ignored the old superstition of never wearing to black to a wedding as she and Will head to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding in Rome, Italy.

Family affair

The kids are here in London, England with Will and Jada on the red carpet at The Karate Kid premiere in 2010.

Say cheese

Orange you glad to see this picture of Will and Jada together? The happy couple smiles in New York City in 2010.

Oh Canada

Willow, Jaden, Will, and Jada Pinkett Smith pose together in a family shot at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

Glam in green

Jada dazzles in green as she and Will arrive at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2016.

Vacation mode

Everyone is all smiles for a family vacation after making a quick pit stop at the 2018 World Cup.

Soft smiles

Will posts an Instagram tribute to wife Jada, acknowledging that they've been together for "HALF OUR LIVES!"


In 2020, Will and Jada addressed Jada's alleged affair with August Alsina.

Admitting she and August had an "entanglement" while she and Will were separated, she explained, "It was a relationship. I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realized you can't find happiness outside of yourself. Luckily enough, you and I were also going through a process of healing in a much different manner."

2022 Oscars

During the 2022 Academy Awards, Will slapped host Chris Rock over a joke the comedian made about Jada's shaved head. 

After the slap, Will resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was banned from its events for 10 years. He also apologized to Chris—calling the slap "unacceptable" and noting "there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment." 

Separation News

In Oct. 2023, Jada revealed she and Will have been separated for 7 years, including the six leading up to the 2022 Oscars.

"We're still figuring it out," Jada told People in a profile published Oct. 11. "We've been doing some really heavy-duty work together. We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us." 

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