Everything in life begins and ends with the relationships we have with others.
And as we get older, we often learn that meaningful relationships aren't as easy to maintain as we might have previously thought. In particular, they simply cannot function without a few fundamental principles such as friendship, affection, honesty, kindness and ultimately, trust.
When it comes to one high-profile couple, who has battled rumors about troubles on the home-front over the years, it appears that after 18 years of marriage, it all comes down to this essential, final principle. Speaking of her relationship with husband Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith says:
"You gotta trust who you're with."
Yet, for the 43-year-old, the meaning of trust doesn't necessarily have to abide by the most strictly conventional of rules. She continues:
"Here's what I trust: The man that Will is, is a man of integrity [...] He's got all the freedom in the world... as long as Will can look in the mirror and be okay, I'm good."
What? Hang on, just one second!
Did Jada Pinkett Smith just admit that Will has "all the freedom in the world" so he can "do" who he wants?
Indeed, during an interview on the SiriusXM show, she reiterated that Will is in fact allowed to do as he pleases as long as he can live with himself after.
"You gotta trust who you're with, and at the end of the day, I'm not here to be anybody's watcher. I'm not his watcher. He's a grown man."
And when the interview probed the Gotham actress even further, asking if she would be okay if he was to tell her he was into other women, she gave this reply:
“Absolutely – you have to in this business, because I’m going to know anyway!”
Jada also added that the danger only arises when your man doesn't come home and when you don't know where he is.
"Just because your man is attracted to another woman, does not mean he doesn't love you!"
The actress firmly believes that men will always be attracted to other women. And for her, this realistic viewpoint does not have to be negative and she backs up her argument nicely:
"It doesn't mean he's gonna act on it. If your man can’t really see another woman's beauty, how the hell is he gonna see yours?"
That is a very fair point, indeed.
Ultimately, kudos to Jada for sticking to her guns about her opinions when it comes to marriage. After all, each relationship is different and there is no black-and-white textbook approach to making one work - and if the Smiths are happy with this 'open relationship' arrangement, then who is to judge them for it?
I salute Jada for her bad-ass confidence in speaking her mind. Almost as much as I salute her for her bad-ass performance as super villain Fish Mooney in the hit TV series Gotham!