Will Smith has admitted he developed an “emotional blindness” to “hidden nuances” after his wife Jada Pinkett Smith revealed the pair have been living separately since 2016.
The Hollywood actor has broken his silence on Jada’s recent interviews in an email sent to the New York Times.
Will admitted that his wife’s new memoir, named Worthy, “kind of woke Will up” as realized that his wife was living “more on the edge” than he thought.
He wrote to the newspaper: “‘When you’ve been with someone for more than half of your life a sort of emotional blindness sets in, and you can all too easily lose your sensitivity to their hidden nuances and subtle beauties.”
Will also claimed he only just realized his wife was “more resilient, clever and compassionate than he’d understood”.
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This comes as Jada revealed the couple had been living apart since 2016 in an interview with People.
She also confirmed that they were even living separately when the King Richard star slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last year.
Jada said to Hoda Kotb on the Today show: “By the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted from trying.
“I think we were both still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.”
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As Jada promoted her upcoming memoir, the actress opened up about their decision not to get a prenup when they tied the knot back in 1997.
She told Parade: “Listen, weddings are beautiful, but they can be very romanticized.
“I feel that was a very real moment for the two of us to look each other in the eyes, recognize that there would be tough times in this journey, and say to each other, ‘No matter what, we’re going to figure it out and that’s why we don’t need a prenup’.
“Because I’m making a promise that divorce won’t be necessary, that we will figure this out.”
Jada has since credited her children – Jaden, 25, Willow, 22, and Trey, who is Will’s son from a previous relationship, for getting her through.
She told People: “My children, they’re little gurus. They’ve taught me a deep sense of self-acceptance.
“They love every part of me. The level of love, unconditional love that they have for me and their dad.
“And it’s one thing to want to be the person that gives that unconditional love. And then there’s, to be the recipient of that.”
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