Will Smith is getting candid in a rare in-depth interview, opening up about everything from Drake and the election of Donald Trump to his lengthy marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith.
Taking a break from filming his new movie “Gemini Man” in Budapest, Smith praised Drake in a new interview on Tidal’s “Rap Radar”, revealing he’s inspired him to make the most out of his social media accounts.
“Drake I think has had the most interesting success in the last four or five years. It’s so hard to sustain success today. The social media part of it is such a burn that it’s hard to sustain,” Smith, 49, says. “The fact that Drake has been able to sustain is really interesting to me. It’s why I like working in the Instagram, 60-second format. You get to feed it, but you’re not burning 15, 18 minutes worth of content.”
For Smith, jumping on the Instagram bandwagon is all about being able to connect with fans in the most authentic way possible.
“Social media demands authenticity. Social media pushes you more and more into having you reveal what’s true. ‘Cause if you don’t, TMZ is going to,” he explains. “It’s a beautiful thing. I’m actually enjoying the push. Nobody’s happy that doesn’t get to be themselves. I’m enjoying the social demand for authenticity.”
While Smith has spoken about his disdain for Donald Trump, calling his presidency a “darkness before the dawn,” he opens up about the personal and emotional side of the election.
“My father died on Nov. 7 and Trump was elected on Nov. 8. I literally don’t know which one of those was worse for me. That time was a deep changing for me in my life. My father dying sort of released me to be me,” he says.
Through the ups and downs in politics and his personal life, one thing has been constant in Smith’s life for the past 20-plus years: his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The couple met in 1994 when Pinkett auditioned for a role on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”. Though she lost out on the role to Nia Long, Pinkett and Smith formed a friendship and began dating in 1995, marrying two years later.
“We don’t even say we’re married anymore,” Smith says of their near-21-years of marriage. “We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. There’s no deal breakers. There’s nothing she could do – ever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.”