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Inside a Secret-Until-Now Celebrity Separation – Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s 7-Year Separation


This year already has presented the Chicago public with a number of celebrity divorces. From Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez, to Britany Spears and Sam Asghari, and to the most recent split between Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas, celebrity divorce news has been in the media cycle throughout most of 2023. However, something less talked about, but just as relevant to celebrity matrimonial affairs, is separation between couples. This week celebrity A-Lister actress and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith, married to actor Will Smith, opened up about the couple’s astonishingly low-profile 7-year separation.

A Separation Kept Under-Wraps

It is perhaps an understatement that Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have been in the limelight for their marital issues. Indeed, the couple has seen their marriage and marital issues cast into the public eye throughout their marriage. Most recently, in 2021, Pinkett Smith admitted on her talk show “Red Table Talk”, that she had an extra-marital affair with a family friend, and Smith received swift and plentiful backlash after he slapped comedian Chris Rock over a joke about his wife’s baldness (Pinkett Smith is said to suffer from alopecia) at the 2022 Oscar Awards ceremony. However, until now, it was unknown to the public that the pair has, in fact, been separated for the past 7 years. Speaking to Hoda Ktob on the “Today” show, Pinkett Smith revealed of the couple’s separation arrangement, “We live separately, and says that she and Smith “were just exhausted with trying.” Pinkett Smith added, “I think we were both kind of just still, stuck in our fantasy, of what we thought the other person should be.” In terms of divorce proceedings, the couple has no current plans. Says Pinkett Smith, “I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through whatever. And I just haven’t been able to break that promise.”

Help with Your Separation or Divorce in Chicago

Whether you are a celebrity A-Lister or just a regular “Joe”, navigating a separation or divorce in Chicago can be a daunting process. In order to protect your rights if you are seeking to separate from your spouse or partner, or get a divorce (in the case that you are legally married), it is best to speak with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer about your unique situation as soon as possible.

The experienced Chicago divorce and separation lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC are here to help Chicago individuals and couples navigate the complex legal issues that surround the process of separation and divorce under Illinois laws. The lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC offer a confidential consultation to learn about your case and to see if they can help represent you in your Chicago separation or divorce. If you are in the Chicago area and you need legal assistance with your Chicago separation or divorce, contact the experienced Chicago separation and divorce lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC and learn about your rights and options today.



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