Jada Pinkett Smith Said She Was Forced To Marry Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith confessed that she “really didn’t want to get married” to Will Smith. 

Jada Pinkett Smith confessed that she “really didn’t want to get married” to Will Smith. 

The actress admitted to “crying down the freaking aisle” before marrying Will Smith on New Year’s Eve 1997. 

“I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do,” declared Pinkett Smith. “I never wanted to be married.”


In the clip from 2018 Jada candidly recalls her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also known as “Gammy,” 68, forcing her daughter and Smith to wed after she became pregnant with their first child together, son Jaden, now 23. 

“I really didn’t wanna get married,” Pinkett Smith restated while seated around the circular table with her mom as well as Smith, 53, and their daughter, Willow, 21. 

“We only got married because Gammy was crying,” admitted Will Smith

“It was almost as if Gammy was like, ‘You have to get married, so let’s talk about the wedding,’” said Pinkett Smith, prompting Banfield-Norris to confess, “I remember feeling very strongly and wanting you guys to be married.”

The “Girls Trip” star’s mother was just 18 when she became pregnant with Pinkett Smith, and briefly married her father, Robsol Pinkett Jr.

“I do remember [wanting you and Will to get married] but I don’t remember your rejection of the idea of marriage,” Banfield-Norris added. “I remember the rejection of the idea of a wedding but not of a marriage.”

Pinkett Smith then recalled being browbeaten into Big Day submission.  

“And now Gammy done gone to Will, crying about ‘I don’t want a wedding,’ and now I’m being forced to have a wedding,” she said. “I just wanted it to be the two of us on a mountain because I was like: ‘This is serious business.’”

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“The wedding was horrible,” Banfield-Norris conceded. “It was a mess. Jada was sick, she was very unpleasant … She didn’t cooperate with anything.”


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