Will Smith Jada Pinkett Married For 14 Years
February 14, 2012 by staff
Will Smith Jada Pinkett Married For 14 Years, From real-time updates on the break-up of Seal and Heidi to the bulletins about the remnants of Ashton and Demi’s marriage — Declan Cashin on the celebs who just don’t know when to stop sharing
For those of us who buy into today’s celebrity culture, it seems we can never get enough gossip about the stars.
We buy magazines, visit websites, watch TV specials — anything we think will give us that little bit more about the rich and the (in)famous, especially when it comes to their love lives.
The majority of celebrities are understandably resistant, if not hostile, to such prurience.
But then there are the few who can’t seem to stop disclosing the gritty details of their private lives in a fashion that quickly makes us regret ever being nosy about them in the first place.
You don’t have to look far, either, to find such well-known, over- sharing couples, the ones who are more ‘TMI’ than ‘TMZ’.
Last month, when Seal and Heidi Klum announced the end of their seven-year marriage, even the most ardent of celeb-gossip hounds responded with a collective shrug.
That didn’t stop Seal from appearing on Ellen Degeneres’s talk show, however, to speak about his split from Heidi, and at such length that one got the impression that the singer was slightly put out that door-stopping wags hadn’t been haranguing him for information.
“I think we were shocked. You go into these things with the greatest intentions when you say ‘I do’ and you say ’til death do us part’,” he began. “Those vows hold value. They are not just words.”
He continued in this vein, paying tribute, sweetly, to Heidi for giving him four kids, before expounding on his reasons for still wearing his wedding ring.
“I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together … Right now, it feels really comfortable on my hand so I have no intentions of taking it off any time soon.”
The killer line was when Seal expressed his wish that “we try and do this with as much dignity as we possibly can”.
Seeing as nobody was really kicking in his door for the intimate details, one would be forgiven for cynically cross-referencing the timing of Seal’s willingness to over-share about his personal travails with the promotional schedule for his new album.
What do you know? They overlap!
If dignity was what Seal was really aiming for, perhaps he could have taken his cue from Heidi, whose only public comment on the matter has been a tweet reading: “Hi everyone, I want to thank u for all your support & kind words. Really means so much. Thanks again…to the best fans in the world!”
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, another pair who recently parted ways, were never shy of sharing the smallest details of their relationship, usually on Twitter.
Their offerings down through the years have ranged from Demi’s musings about hairstyles (“Kind of digging soft curls with a side part”), to a posted snap of the two of them in bed together.
That last one was accompanied by a tweet reading: “Thank you for all the anniversary wishes! Enjoying a day lounging around watching ‘Breaking Bad’. Great show!”
While that may prove that the couple had good taste in television, such standards certainly didn’t apply to Ashton’s tweet showing Demi’s bum clad just in underwear, or Demi’s own message to her some three million followers that included a mirror shot of her in a bikini.
Alas, when the couple split late last year after eight years together (six married), it naturally — for them, at any rate — played out over Twitter. Amid rumours of Kutcher’s infidelity, Demi cryptically wrote: “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”
Since the split, Demi’s Twitter account has more or less gone silent, though Ashton’s is still active (he changed his profile picture to black around the time of Demi’s admission to hospital for “exhaustion”).
Still, it’s hard not to think they should have gone silent years ago in order to preserve and buttress a relationship that was over-exposed already.
Indeed, it’s believed studio executives had the likes of Demi and Ashton in mind three years ago when ‘the suits’ started placing clauses in stars’ contracts to curb their use of social networks.
The thinking, though regressive and counter- productive, was not just to stop the emergence of leaks or spoilers about upcoming movies or TV shows. The measure also hoped to maintain something of a star’s mystery.
Even with such censor-ship in place, it’s unlikely to ever truly discourage some couples.
Many argue that the trend for modern over-sharing can be traced back to the passionate but doomed marriage of Billy Bob Thornton and a pre-earth mother Angelina Jolie.
Their union, which lasted from 2000-2003, coincided with the rise of internet gossip websites and the proliferation of celebrity-fixated tabloid publications.
Some might debate the extent to which Angie (then aged 24) and Billy Bob (44) set the template for the ‘TMI couple’, their wild, headline-grabbing antics certainly helped spawn the 24-hour, cross-platform celebrity news phenomenon we have today.
They willingly offered up endless stories about their crazed love.
They confessed to wearing vials of one another’s blood around their necks. Billy Bob admitted to wearing Angie’s underwear when she was away.
She had his name tattooed on her body, and he wrote a song about her. Not surprisingly, the relationship burned out, and Angie and Billy Bob divorced in acrimonious circumstances.
A more recent case in point is Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. In the past few years, they’ve gone out of their way to discuss their sex life in public to an almost suspicious degree.
Jada, in particular, seems adamant that we all know the intimate details of what they do to keep their 14-year marriage fresh.
“Be sneaky… your girlfriend’s house at a party. The bathroom. A bedroom,” she told one magazine.
“Think of places outside that are comfortable to have sex. Does he have access to his office? Have a fantasy date. Be his secretary! Pull over on the side of the road… Just switch it up.”
Later, they both appeared on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, where Jada elaborated in front of her patently mortified husband: “Even during the day, I might send a sxy picture of some sort. Just a reminder of what’s waiting at home. And if he’s on the set with me, on the set of [her TV show 'Hawthorne'], he might take a little break.”
Those remarks seem even tackier and more inappropriate when you consider that both of the Smiths’ Subsidiary Entertainment Divisions — or children, if you insist — Jaden and Willow are old enough to read and be embarrassed by such things.
That being said, the Smiths are still together, contrary to the slew of online rumours about their marriage.
We have to assume that those over-shared details of their sexual proclivities are keeping the pair close.
However, the Smiths will have to go some way before they match singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler in terms of over-sharing information from the marital bed.
Those two have been banging on — so to speak — for years now about their love of tantric sex, sgers parties, and strip clubs.
Sting’s most recent proclamation read: “There’s a playfulness we have; I like the theatre of sex. I like to look good. I like her to dress up. I like to dress her up.”
Laugh if you want, but they’ve been together 30 years, so something must be working.
Other icky examples of over-sharing couples are Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones — still together after 13 years.
Michael, 25 years her senior, once said: “God bless her, [Catherine] likes older guys. And some wonderful enhancements have happened in the last few years — Viagra, Cialis –that can make us all feel younger.”
Then there’s singer, John Mayer, who was decidedly indiscreet about his brief, 10-month affair with busty pop star Jessica Simpson.
“Sexually, it was crazy,” John stated in an interview. “That’s all I’ll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm. Did you ever say, ‘I want to quit my life and just f**king snort you?’”
For her part, Jessica refused to comment. But John was also willing to talk about his nine-month courtship of Jennifer Aniston, and, more specifically, their reasons for splitting up.
“Have you ever loved somebody, loved her completely, but had to end the relationship for life reasons? In some ways, I wish I could be with her. But I can’t change the fact I need to be 32 … I want to dance.
“I want to get on an airplane and be like a ninja. I want to be an explorer. I want to be like ‘The Bourne Identity’. I don’t want to pet dogs in the kitchen.”
To top it off, John then confessed to sleeping with “four or five” women since his break-up with Aniston. What a charmer.
The actress has kept schtum.
Last, we shouldn’t forget those celebs who, while not strictly — or openly — part of a couple, are surprisingly, sometimes cringingly, open about their private lives.
Says pop star Rihanna: “I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous.
“Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned; you gotta stop, get the whip from the drawer downstairs. I’d rather have him use his hands.”
And spare a thought for Latin stud Enrique Iglesias, whose tendency to over-share might be meant in a joking way, but plants such ideas in the head that you can’t every really look at him in the same way again.
“Maybe I have the Spanish looks,” he once told a concert audience,” but I have the smallest pns in the world. I’m serious.”
To compound that reputation-busting TMI folly, Enrique later followed up with the admission that he doesn’t “even last eight minutes now”.
For your own sake, Enrique, it’s probably wise to zip it now. And keep your mouth shut, too, while you’re at it.
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