Actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith pose at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith pose at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014.
Now playing
01:32
Will Smith: I felt instant chemistry with Jada (2018)
Now playing
02:11
'I can't stop staring': Internet reacts to actress' transformation for role
Now playing
00:57
Simon Cowell hits golden buzzer for singer fighting cancer on 'AGT'
President Joe Biden, with a brood X cicada on his back, walks to board Air Force One upon departure, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Biden is embarking on the first overseas trip of his term.
Alex Brandon/AP
President Joe Biden, with a brood X cicada on his back, walks to board Air Force One upon departure, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Biden is embarking on the first overseas trip of his term.
Now playing
02:16
Biden has run-in with cicada before boarding Air Force One
Now playing
00:48
See ominous landspout tornado darken Colorado skies
Now playing
00:46
See a classic typewriter made entirely of Legos
TikTok/AliciaSilverstone
Now playing
00:39
Alicia Silverstone recreates iconic scene with her son
Balenciaga
Now playing
02:18
High-heeled Crocs may sell for as much as $1K
WTVR
Now playing
01:48
What mom and daughter did with 80,000 penny child support payment
'Baywatch' star David Hasselhoff joins Germanys Covid-19 vaccination campaign, in a video posted by Germanys health ministry.
Twitter/BMG_Bund
'Baywatch' star David Hasselhoff joins Germanys Covid-19 vaccination campaign, in a video posted by Germanys health ministry.
Now playing
00:46
Hear David Hasselhoff's Covid-19 vaccine message
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.   (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Chris Jackson/Getty Images
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:16
Foster: Harry and Meghan's new baby's name a nod to the Queen
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 18: Kim Kardashian West of 'The Justice Project' speaks onstage during the 2020 Winter TCA Tour Day 12  at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 18, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
David Livingston/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 18: Kim Kardashian West of 'The Justice Project' speaks onstage during the 2020 Winter TCA Tour Day 12 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 18, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Now playing
00:47
'I feel like a failure': Kim Kardashian on troubles with Kanye
TikTok
Now playing
01:13
'The Sandlot' star recreates iconic movie scene
Clockwork
Now playing
02:20
Robot manicure really 'nails it'
courtney cox ed sheeran friends dance routine mxp vpx_00000930.png
Courtney Cox/Warner Bros
courtney cox ed sheeran friends dance routine mxp vpx_00000930.png
Now playing
00:36
Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox recreate famous 'Friends' dance routine
@amyschumer/Instragram
Now playing
00:55
See Amy Schumer react to birthday trolling
CNN —  

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are now are on solid ground, but that was not always the case.

The actress talked about relationships, infidelity and independence in the latest episode of her “Red Table Talk” show on Facebook.

Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, were joined by couples therapist Esther Perel on the show for the discussion.

“I’m asked a lot about, ‘Is there infidelity in your relationship with Will?’” Pinkett Smith said. “And it’s like, ‘No, but there have been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.’”

She said she and Smith had to reassess their relationship.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith say their bond transcends mere marriage

“Specifically for me, in regards to redefining my marriage as a life partnership was the necessity of autonomy for myself and for Will, and finding the core of us that wanted to be together outside of the constraints of the traditional ideas of marriage because they weren’t working for us,” Pinkett Smith said. “Because they weren’t working for us.”

The star said she came to realize that their life together was based on Smith’s dream.

But as she she started exploring her own independence, Pinkett Smith said her husband “felt abandoned at first, he felt really abandoned.”

’That’s one of the reasons why I stayed in it the way I did for so long,” she explained. “You never want to hurt the person that you love. I never want to create instability in that way. So I stayed in that position for so long because I didn’t know how to say it.”

“Once you change the life story, you can create a new love story,” Perel responded.

“That’s exactly what has occurred, and it’s been beautiful,” Pinkett Smith said.