Will Smith recently spoke about forming a special bond with his eldest son Trey; now, his wife Jada has voiced her opinions on the actor’s first marriage.
Pinkett Smith, 47, previously admitted she and Will’s ex-wife Sheree Zampino hadn’t always seen eye-to-eye. However, she’s now said the pair don’t have any bad blood.
Speaking alongside her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk”, Pinkett Smith explained: “One of the coping mechanisms for me was Sheree. She gifted me.
“She really did. She gifted me and I treated her… I started to put that into my psychology — ‘She’s not an enemy.’”
The trio were talking about “Debunking Divorce” and how important it was for new and old partners to get along.
Pinkett Smith continued, “She did me a favour but then on top of that I had to go on to a deeper psychology of ‘She’s Trey’s mother’ as my relationship with Trey deepened.
“There are steps. I had to develop my relationship with Trey. So, as I developed my relationship with Trey, and got a deep love for Trey, then it became about [something bigger]. Because at first, it’s a good idea [to get along with your spouse’s ex], but that’s not the thing that always holds you.
“Until that relationship really develops and you really start to see the importance and you really have a care for that child and that does become your primary [concern] — I’ve had to go through many different stages of getting to good places.
“It’s a process. It’s very difficult coming into a dynamic like that, and it doesn’t stop.”
Zampino was the first guest on Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Live show, with the duo discussing the time when Zampino hung up the phone on the “Girls Trip” star when Trey was younger.
Pinkett Smith explained at the time, “You basically let me know, ‘I don’t really appreciate your tone.’ And you hung up on me.”