In a brand new episode of her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith talked about some of her former relationships. Alongside her mother, the actress discussed how she and the rest of the family first reacted when she started dating a white man named John.
Jada described John, whom she was involved romantically with long before meeting hubby Will Smith, as ‘a very nice guy.’
But even so, her mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones was not too fond of the romance.
‘It’s really difficult for me because we have white people in our family. I repeated what Mommy told me, that you have to learn to get along with white people, but do not ever bring them home,’ Adrienne said.
The woman whose nephew, Jason, actually married a white woman named Lexi, added: ‘I didn’t even give myself an opportunity to like John. Just like I said, we have [white] people in the family, and I have given those people a hard time … [Lexi] will tell you that we gave her a hard time because we did not welcome her with open arms and she had to prove herself. I feel bad about that.’
The tough topic of race relations between women is brought to the Red Table with famed diversity educator Jane Elliott.
Posted by Red Table Talk on Thursday, November 8, 2018
Speaking of relationships, during an interview with ET late last month, Jada also got candid about a really dark period in her marriage with Will.
She confessed that during that time, she was ‘crying for 45 days straight.’
‘I just felt like, I needed more freedom. And freedom in the sense of … the public wants you to always be a certain way, your family needs you in another way, your partner needs you to be something else. And for me, that just was never … I am really a free spirit at heart. And I’ve always been. And I just felt like my life had got constricted into this box and it was strangling me, basically,’ she explained to the outlet.