Between Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's status as a power couple, and the ever-growing careers of Jaden & Willow Smith, everyone loves the Smith family, right? Well, wrong. Considering they are one of Hollywood's most well-known families, one driven by the talent of everyone involved– each with their own project & shooting for the stars– you'd think they would be as kind as some fans imagine them to be.
However, that's not the case. Perhaps to be expected of a family at the center of Hollywood's spotlight, there are quite a number of secrets lurking under the surface of the Smith family's public performance; and we're ready to show them the light! Let's dive into the secrets of Will, Jada, Jaden, and Willow Smith.
20 Cheating Rumors
There is no way the Smith family can put their cheating rumors to rest now. They both have had to deal with their fair share of rumors but, in 2013, a specific rumor arose that Will Smith was cheating on his wife with Focus co-star Margot Robbie, with photos surfacing of them together getting cozy. Of course, the rumors were denied, but a few months after the rumor came to light, Jada posted on Facebook, sharing her thoughts on cheaters. Coincidence? We think not.
19 Oscar Boycott
Back in 2016, Jada posted a video to her Facebook page announcing her intention to boycott the Academy Awards due to a lack of diversity among the nominations, fueling the controversy that was the #OscarsSoWhite. Will had no idea at the time as he was on a flight to Thailand, but he ended up taking her side. Other African American entertainers and influencers spoke out against the boycott, telling them they should act better.
18 They Are Accused Of "Bearding"
It was in 2012 that this rumor came to light and stuck around. Hollywood Life alleged that Will Smith and his wife Jada were heading towards divorce due to Will and actor Duane Martin's bromance turning into an actual romance. Supposedly they were spotted looking very close, even in restaurants.
Late transgender actress, Alexis Arquette, also put Will Smith's sexuality into question back in 2016, claiming that his first marriage to Sheree Zampino officially ended when she walked in on him in the arms of another man. The actress said that Jada was also homosexual and they were simply married out of convenience.
17 They Think Too Highly Of Themselves
Actress Janet Hubert thinks the Smith family should get over themselves, having previously accused them of causing turmoil for the Fresh Prince cast during contract talks. "You're not kings and queens. You're not royalty. You're simply entertainers," she said, clearly showing her thoughts on the family and the divide Will caused.
16 Jaden's Relationship With Tyler, The Creator?
It was in 2018, during the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, that Jaden Smith said that he and Tyler, The Creator had been in a romantic relationship for years. Tyler simply laughed and shook his head. Smith also tweeted "I told everyone you can't deny it now," but he later deleted the tweet too, with Tyler even calling him "crazy." We're still unsure of exactly what went down behind the scenes.
15 Will & Jada Aren't On The Same Page When It Comes To Raising Kids
In the 2014 remake of Annie, where Will was producer, he initially intended to push her daughter Willow as the titular Annie, but she ended up quitting to "just be 12." Sources say that Will wants to push his kids to fame much more than Jada wants to, leading to a clear difference in parenting. Considering Will admits to being responsible for their kids' erratic behavior, it's not far fetched to think there is a clear difference in what both parents want for their children.
14 Jada Is Biased Against Blonde, White Women
It was in 2018 that Jada Smith confessed her racial bias towards blonde, white women. During her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, she confessed that "Blonde hair on white women just triggers me, and I've had to catch myself." Perhaps the rumors concerning Will and Margot Robbie didn't help much either. She revealed that she has thought twice about doing interviews with blonde women in the past, as it reminded her of the kind of kids that bullied her in the past.
13 Jaden's Outlandish Behavior
Jaden has said before that he thinks of himself as the future of filmmaking, with this not the only tweet of his to cause something of an uproar. He has tweeted before that "There Is No Nutrients In Our Food Anymore Or In Our Soil OR IN OUR WATER." But it's not just his presence on social media that irks people, it's how he responds in interviews, such as claiming how he is a "scientist" and that all of his past antics had been part of a large-scale social experiment. It's safe to say few appreciate this behavior from Jaden.
12 Willow's Responses In Interviews
Willow may be two years younger than her brother, but she is quite the handful, causing just as much trouble as Jaden. She once said she has the ability to manipulate time, claimed school was overrated, and writes her own novels because there aren't any existing books she likes. She even attempts to give deeper meanings to her songs than the ones actually presented by the lyrics, such as for "Whip My Hair" when she told The New York Times that the themes presented in her music were "the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made." Big yikes.
11 Sony Executives Dissed The Smith Siblings
Jaden and Willow Smith's erratic behavior has taken a toll on their possible career. With parents as famous as Will and Jada, you'd think they'd have their life made and would be able to make a name for themselves, but it seems their behavior has shied away potential opportunities. Sony executives have exchanged emails saying not to allow the Smith kids in their movies. Will Smith responds with a shrug and by noting how "everyone disses his kids."
10 Willow Had A Disturbing Relationship With An Adult Man
In 2014, these photos surfaced of Willow Smith, 13 at the time, and Hannah Montana star Moises Arias, 20 at the time. It's an intimate photo of both of them laying in bed, with Moises sitting up, topless. Jada said there was nothing sexual or wrong about the picture, but we're left questioning the Smith's parenting skills even more.
9 Will's First Son Felt Abandoned And Betrayed By Him
Trey Smith was Will's first son, kept under the radars of the press. However, there is much to know about Trey. He was the product of his father's first marriage, with Sheree Zampino. It was discovered that even before the divorce, Will was already dating Jada, which caused a lot of strain in the relationship between Trey and his father. Will Smith himself said in an Instagram video that his son "felt betrayed & abandoned" by him, but they were now restoring and recovering the relationship.
8 Child Protective Services Investigated The Family
Back in 2014, when the Willow and Moises scandal arose, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services took matters into their own hands, believing that the then 13-year-old could be in danger considering there was a picture of her in bed with a shirtless 20-year-old on social media. The family was extremely cooperative with the officials and they were cleared of everything, but it was just another instance where Will and Jada's parenting skills were put on the line.
7 Jada Confessed Not Being Mature Enough To Divorce
After the rumors between Will and Margot Robbie, it was reported that divorce was extensively discussed in the Smith household, but eventually they didn't go through with it. In October 2018, Jada Smith discussed the issue again on her internet show Red Table Talk, where she said that because she had been divorced before, "divorce wasn't an option." Jada joked that it was "cheaper" for Will to keep her around, but when Toni Braxton asked seriously about the divorce, she confessed that she wasn't "mature enough to have a divorce."
6 Domestic Violence History In The Smith Family
Apparently, there is a history of domestic violence in the Smith's family, but not when it comes to Will and Jada. In fact, during an appearance on Jada's Red Table Talk, Will confessed that he had to set his wife straight about cursing when he saw her use a bad word in front of baby Trey. "I said 'Jada, this is the deal, I grew up in a household where I watched my father punch my mother in the face, and I will not create a house, a space, an interaction with a person where there's profanity and violence," Will said frankly. We're relieved that Will and Jada were able to keep themselves on track and not turn out like Will's parents.
5 Jada Isn't Coveted By Hollywood
Jada's career seemed to be on the right track when she played Maureen in 1997's Scream 2. However, she followed that with Woo, a film described as a "graceless and gratingly unfunny comedy that brings out the worst in just about everybody involved." No matter how much Jada has tried to get back into the game, critics continued to come in. Hollywood isn't too keen on casting her as leading lady anymore, and her most memorable role these days is Gloria from the animated Madagascar franchise.
4 Are They Secret Scientologists?
Jada has often been associated with Scientology, especially after the former principal at a school the Smiths founded (now closed) alleged that the curriculum was very focused on Scientology and its principles. IGN UK even posited that After Earth is Scientology propaganda, and although Jada has denied being part of the religion, Tony Ortega says she is lying. He also claims that although Will only dabbled in it, Jada was a full-fledged member and anyone who knows the Smith family well, knows this is true.
3 They Allegedly Have An Open Marriage
In an interview with The Huffington Post in 2013, Jada spoke about her marriage with Will and how her husband is "his own man," continuing to say that they both had their own lives separate from the marriage, and they both had to figure out who they were by themselves. Many took that as saying they had an open marriage, with rumors around years. “I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay.'" That pretty much says it all.
2 Will Admitted To Being Responsible For His Kids' Behavior
We all know how eccentric the Smiths kids are. Willow & Jaden have made headlines time and time again, and Will Smith has already taken responsibility for his kids' behavior, telling Metro that he and Jada didn't discipline their kids because they think punishment is a little too negative. However, they are aware it was a mistake that may have gone too far.
1 Jaden's Ex-Girlfriend, A Bad Influence?
Jaden's ex-girlfriend, model Sarah Snyder, was probably not the best influence for the already outlandish Smith son. It's reported that 21-year-old Sarah was arrested in June 2015 for allegedly stealing a $15,000 Hermes bag from a New York mall. Charges were later dropped, but she didn't seem remorseful or scared and we're left to wonder why. According to Hollywood Life, she was also arrested in 2013 for breaking and entering. Not the best role model for her ex-boyfriend.