In her memoir “Worthy,” Jada Pinkett Smith shared a revealing anecdote about her engagement to Will Smith in 1997. Despite the apparent joy of the occasion, Jada grappled with an underlying fear rooted in her skepticism about marriage. Determined to assert her independence and confront her apprehensions, Jada visited Harry Winston the day after the proposal and personally selected her own engagement ring, footing the bill herself. The act was a symbolic declaration of her agency, signaling her determination to take charge and confront her doubts head-on.
Jada explained that her fear wasn’t directed at her future husband but rather at the complexities of marriage itself, emphasizing her desire to avoid the pitfalls of a relationship that lacks appreciation and love. Despite her initial trepidation, the arrival of their son Jaden solidified their bond, assuring Jada that their connection was already secured through parenthood.
“By buying my own ring, I took some measure of control and sent the message to myself: All right, get with the program,” she writes in her new memoir Worthy.
“I had to move quickly to make it all real and concrete for my psyche. The ring was a statement that said to my fear: Get used to this now,” she continues.
Their wedding, an intimate affair in Jada’s hometown of Baltimore on December 31, 1997, marked the beginning of their journey as a married couple. A decade later, Will upgraded Jada’s ring with a lavish 10-carat diamond, a gesture that further solidified their enduring commitment to each other.
Jada’s recent public disclosures have shed light on her unorthodox approach to her marriage, notably the absence of a prenuptial agreement between herself and Will. According to Jada, the decision not to have a prenup was a testament to their mutual resolve to navigate any challenges together, without the need for the safety net of a legal contract.
Despite rumors of their separation since 2016, Jada emphasized that their relationship continues to evolve, emphasizing the fluid and dynamic nature of their journey together. As they continue to navigate the intricacies of their bond, Jada’s candid reflections underscore the complexities and nuances of their enduring relationship.