“Their children”s fame was to blame!” The reason for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith”s rocky patch is finally revealed
They were besieged by separation rumours earlier this year, but Will and Jada Pinkett Smith seem to be solid as a unit once again.
Men in Black star Smith, 43 , and his actress wife, 40 , never commented upon the rumours of a rift, other than to deny that they were splitting.
But at the time, it was said that the couple”s 14 year marriage was heading to the divorce courts.
Famous Five: Will, Jada, Jaden and Willow pose with Chakie Chan at the Madrid premiere for Karate Kid last July
And now TMZ is reporting that it was their children”s fame that nearly drove them apart for good.
The website quotes sources close to the powerhouse couple as saying that they are “wonderful” now, but that earlier this year there was tension between the two over how best to manage the careers of Jaden, 13 , and 11-year-old Willow.
Will was determined to push his offspring towards greater stardom, according to the insider, while Jada wanted them to ease off.
Smith released a statement to the press via his publicist after a report in America”s In Touch Weekly magazine first published the break-up claims.
It read: “Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumours circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact.”
Will”s statement came several hours after Jada denied having an affair with her Hawthorne co-star, Marc Anthony.
Jennifer Lopez”s ex-husband joined her TV show as a love interest last year.
“All the rumours regarding Marc Anthony and Jada are false. Completely untrue,” Jada”s spokesperson, Karynne Tencer, said. “As for [the reports of a split between] Will and Jada, I”m not commenting on their personal life.”
A representative for Anthony also addressed the rumours, saying: “We unequivocally deny this. Enough is enough. There are families involved, children involved, friendships involved. This is NOT true.”
Will”s son was the first to defend the Hollywood power couple, who married in 1997.
Trey Smith, 18, who is the actor”s child from his first marriage, tweeted today: “Will and Jada getting a DIVORCE .. NOT TRUE AT ALL !!”
He later added: #Did #WillandJada split No they did NOT split ! False information ..its not true RETWEET!!!”
The pair earned 20 million between them last year alone.
Will, has been divorced before. He split from Trey”s mother – former fashion design student Sheree Zampino in 1995 – after three years together.
Will and Jada first met in 1990 when she auditioned for the his girlfriend on his hit TV show, The Fresh Prince.
She was rejected for the part because she was considered too short.