Jada Pinkett Smith Explains Why She Doesn’t Call Will Her “Husband”

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During a recent interview with People Magazine, Jada Pinkett Smith divulged on the upcoming season of her hit Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk. During the conversation, the actress explained that she doesn’t refer to her partner of 21 years Will Smith her “husband.”

She revealed that because of the expectations society places on the titles of ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’ the Smiths choose to call each other their “life partners” instead.

“I needed a different form to dissolve all the expectations that I had of a marriage,” she explained to the magazine. “I needed to do that to see Will outside of husband and see him as a human being. I started dissolving all the ideas and expectations and labels.”

Red Table Talk is entering its second season on the social media platform. During the first season, Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and her daughter Willow Smith welcomed guests such as Tiffany Haddish, Gabrielle Union, Jaden Smith and more to discuss many life topics. Some of the topics included sex, surviving loss, and addiction.

The show returns Monday (Oct. 22), and Pinkett Smith revealed that her life partner will be around for two episodes.

“Will comes on the show for two episodes, and we talk about redefining our relationship, going from calling ourselves married to becoming life partners,” she says. “I felt like there was a way to speak about that that was open and transparent. But there are still aspects that are private!”

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