10 Celebrity Couples Who Are Honest About Their Marriage Ups and Downs – Essence

If you thought relationships instantly turn into rainbows and sunshine after saying “I do,” you thought wrong.

It’s no secret that marriage is work. Whether from work, stress or life’s unpredictable curveballs, relationships can often be tested. Celebrity couples are no different. Recently, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith sat down for a candid conversation on Red Table Talk about their brief separation four years ago. The Smiths applauded themselves for coming back together after being on the brink of divorce – a bond that no “entanglement” could threaten.

Jada and Will aren’t the only celebrity couple who lift up the hood on married life, revealing that they’ve gone through the fire with their partner and come out on top.

Scroll through the gallery to see the 10 celebrity couples we can always count on to keep it real about married life.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 06: Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith arrive for Paramount Pictures’ Premiere Of “Gemini Man” held at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 6, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 13: Gucci Mane and Keyshai Ka’oir attend Gucci Mane Black Tie Gala at St. Regis Atlanta on February 13, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 20: Television personality and host Steve Harvey (L) and his wife Marjorie Harvey attend the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 07: Actress Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks attend “Blackbird” Atlanta Screening at Midtown Art Cinema Theatre on April 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attend Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 21: Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker arrive at 36th Annual Atlanta UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball at Atlanta Marriott Marquis on December 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 10: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend the City Of Hope’s Spirit of Life 2019 Gala held at The Barker Hanger on October 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Recording artist Remy Ma and Papoose Mackie attend the Heron Preston + Tequila Avion Dance Party in Celebration Of Heron Preston “Public Figure” at Public Arts on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Heron Preston x Tequila Avion)

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals Will Smith split, August Alsina details

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith confirm previous split, reveal details of August Alsina relationship

Rasha Ali USA TODAY
Published 6:02 PM EDT Jul 10, 2020

Jada Pinkett Smith is turning the tables — literally – as she brings herself to the Red Table to address questions about her relationship with R&B artist August Alsina.

On Friday’s “Red Table Talk,” Jada’s husband Will Smith joined her at the iconic table where her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Willow Smith usually sit for the Facebook Watch series. 

The “Pursuit of Happyness” actor asked Jada the question everyone wants to know: “So what happened Jada?”

Smith revealed she  started a close friendship with Alsina about four and a half years ago, and said her family was trying to help him because he was “really sick.”

“It all started with him just needing some help. Me wanting to help his health, his mental state,” Smith said about Alsina, who has been open about battling an auto-immune disease.

The Smiths revealed this friendship with Alsina began when they were going through a tough time in their marriage. They “basically broke up,” Jada said.

The couple said they separated for an indefinite amount of time so they could figure out how to make themselves happy.

“I got into an entanglement with August,” Jada said before confirming she was in a relationship with the singer during that time.

“An entanglement? A relationship,” Smith said, prodding his wife to be more specific, alluding to the Facebook Watch show’s dedication to candid discussion.

“Yes, it was a relationship. Absolutely. I was in a lot of pain. I was very broken,” she replied. “Now, in the process of that relationship, I definitely realize that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. … I would definitely say we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

‘That’ll kill me’: Jada Pinkett Smith knew she, Will weren’t cut out for ‘conventional marriage’

The “Girls Trip” actress shared that her relationship with Alsina allowed her to grow and heal as she learned things about herself during their time together, including acknowledging her desire to be “drawn to people who need help.”

“Through that particular journey I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” Jada said. “And as I came through and started to realize certain things about you and I, he decided to break all communication with me which was totally understandable.”

Jada noted she hasn’t talked to Alsina in recent years, so she felt it was “weird” that he brought up their relationship now.

USA TODAY has reached out Alsina’s reps.

During a June interview for Complex with Angela Yee, Alsina addressed relationship rumors with Jada.

“What I’m not okay with is my character being in question,” Alsina said. “I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to their transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they’ve spoken on several times. … He gave me his blessing and I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her (Jada). I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it.”

In 2019, August Alsina released “Nunya,” a song many people thought was about his relationship with Smith. At the time, Alsina denied the song was about Smith’s wife and said they were good friends.

The celebrity couple agreed that though they’ve had issues in their marriage, there are no secrets between them. 

“We ride together, we die together, bad marriage for life,” Will and Jada joked, alluding to the classic “Bad Boys” movie line. 

At less than 13 minutes long, Friday’s conversation was significantly shorter than Smith’s usual “Red Table Talk” episodes, which usually clock in around 40 minutes.

Red Table Talk: Jada Pinkett Smith reveals how quarantine has changed relationship with husband Will Smith

Contributing: The Associated Press

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‘RHOBH’s Garcelle Beauvais Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith – MTO News

During a recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Garcelle Beauvais sat down for a chat with Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino — where she admitted that she once dated him too.

“Will and I, when we got divorced, we have never had a relationship that doesn’t have Trey at the center of it,” Sheree told her, speaking on her own relationship with Will.

“You know, I…” Garcelle said before pausing.

 “You can say it,” Sheree told her.

“Dated Will,” Garcelle continued, before one of Sheree’s pals insisted that the romance better have taken place before he started seeing Sheree. Garcelle confirmed that it was.

Then Garcelle spilled the beans, admitting their brief romance — “He was hot. He was a Bachelor, I was single, you know, it happens in Hollywood.”

Should Garcelle have spilled that tea in front of the cameras or should she have let Sheree know in private?

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