Every few years, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are dogged by divorce rumors. But the last six months in particular have been filled with bogus split stories. Gossip Cop rounded up the wrong claims below.
In January, NW announced the Smiths had "secretly split." A so-called "source" called the breakup a "trial separation," claiming, "Only time will tell if it's temporary or if it's well and truly over and they decide to divorce." But as Gossip Cop pointed out, just weeks prior Smith had paid tribute to Pinkett on Instagram in honor of their 20th wedding anniversary. In his post, he expressed his commitment to their ongoing relationship. "I am forever devoted to nurturing your deepest truth," he wrote. As for time "telling" if the supposed "split" was "temporary," there was no "separation" in the first place, as a rep for Pinkett told us, and time has shown the couple is still very much together.
In February, RadarOnline declared the longtime pair was getting a "$270 million divorce." Going along with the "trial separation" narrative, the site quoted a similarly unnamed "source," who asserted, "The reality is that they're both getting a taste of the single life and they're enjoying it. It seems like they're happier apart." The alleged tipster went on to predict that the purported split would become "permanent." What the blog failed to mention, and what Gossip Cop revealed to readers, was that just one day before this story was published, Smith shared an Instagram video of him and Jada paddle boating together. Clearly they weren't exploring the "single life" but continuing to embrace life together.
Then in May, the website's sister outlet, Star, peddled a story contending the Smiths were leading "separate lives." An untraceable "insider" maintained, "The word among Will and Jada's friends is their marriage is in trouble... They don't want to be shackled together — and could be well on their way to a divorce." Gossip Cop learned, however, the real reason they were currently apart was because Smith was filming a movie in Europe. Just as significantly is that the same week this tale came out, Will himself slammed divorce rumors in a new song, in which he rapped, "20 years of swag y'all just witnessed/Stop the divorce rumors and mind your damn business." The "20 years," of course, was a reference to their anniversary.
That same month, sister publication the National Enquirer wanted readers to believe Pinkett's hair loss was caused by her supposedly "shaky marriage" with Smith. The tabloid insisted the actress was "going bald," and claimed "pals of the A-list couple blame their marital ups and downs." The magazine also included the debunked divorce contentions Radar ran several months prior. But just as Gossip Cop was able to bust that story, we were able to poke significant holes in this one, too. Although Pinkett admitted she was terrified she was going bald when her hair first started falling out, she actually noted that a cause hadn't been determined. Then Pinkett later revealed she was getting steroid shots that were "helping" the issue. So she was neither "going bald" nor was Smith to blame for the medical issue.
But in late June, the outlet again spread misinformation about the Smiths being on the outs. In this article, it was said they were having a marriage crisis over old leaked photos of Smith with his Focus co-star, Margot Robbie. Rehashing the non-scandal roughly five years later, the publication asserted their relationship "never recovered," with yet another anonymous "source" claiming the snapshots were "the hammer on the nail." Gossip Cop, however, reminded readers that back in 2013, People reported Smith and Robbie "were just being silly", and that Pinkett knew "it was nothing." Page Six further revealed Smith and Pinkett were "laughing off" the alleged controversy. In other words, this wasn't an issue back then, and the contention that it was an issue now was just as laughable.
It should also be noted that less than a month ago, Pinkett explained why she and Smith will "never" get divorced, saying, "That is never going down. It's just not. Ever." And in an interview released this past week, Will said they don't even think of themselves as "married" anymore because they are so united as one for the long haul. "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," he said.
Similar to his wife, he added, "Nothing would break our relationship." Unfortunately, Gossip Cop expects that despite their candid comments, the divorce will storylines again be floated by the tabloids in the future. But when that happens, we'll be here to separate what's right and what's wrong.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.