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Will Smith’s Kids ‘Relieved’ That Jada Pinkett Smith Separation Is Now Public

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By Kristin Myers on October 14, 2023 at 2:30 PM EDT

The children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett SmithJaden Smith, 25, and Willow Smith, 22, are reportedly “relieved” that the news of their parents’ separation has now been made public.

Many were surprised to learn that the couple had been separated six years before the infamous 2022 Oscars slap, when the “Independence Day” actor slapped Chris Rock after the comedian and Academy Award presenter made a joke about Jada’s hair loss condition, known as alopecia.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Children Are ‘Relieved’ That Their Parents’ Separation Is Now Public

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Earlier this week, the “Girls Trip” actress, 52, shocked the world when she revealed that she and Will Smith, 55, have been living “totally separate lives” without any plans to divorce. The news comes just before the release of her new memoir, “Worthy,” which is scheduled for release on October 17. Although Will famously shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f---ing mouth!” at the infamous Oscars ceremony, it appears that she hasn’t considered herself as his “wife” for quite some time.

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Over the weekend, sources told the Daily Mail that the children are hoping that they can use this as an opportunity to “heal” from what they have been through over the past few years, as insiders claim that they have been “extremely agitated” after lying for their parents and pretending that all was well in the household when their parents were, in fact, separated.

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“Although Jaden and Willow love their mom to no end and take on many of her behaviors and traits, they are very relieved the news is finally out there so everyone can just get on with it, no one is getting any younger,” a source claimed, adding that the two were “uncomfortable” dealing with intrusive questions about their parents’ relationship.

“They all want everyone to be true to themselves and not hold any more grudges or secrets,” the source continued. “Jaden and Willow hope that everyone can now heal and remove any drama that still might be in their worlds now that all the revelations have come out.”

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Will And Jada's Children Are Reportedly In A 'Very Strange And Uncomfortable Situation'

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“They have seen the attacks that their mom has gotten from all of this, and they really hope people can trust their mom in the future, they weren't expecting negativity to shine on their mom but now that it is happening, they want to get through it all as a family,” the source added.

Another insider went on to say that Will and Jada had “put their children in a very strange and uncomfortable situation.” They also divulged that, although Willow has always had a close relationship with her mother, she is uncomfortable with how much dirty laundry Jada has been airing about their family lately.

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“They were constantly asked about their parents and for seven years they had to basically lie to everyone and pretend that everything was perfectly fine when they knew it was not,” the insider said. “This made them extremely agitated at times and they would constantly get in fights with each other and with them.”

The source went on to claim that Willow has always taken her mother’s side when it came to arguments between the pair. “Willow holds so much animosity towards Will in particular. She will always take Jada's side in things,” the source said. “She does not know why her mom had to go and tell the world all their dirty laundry. She feels like she is laughed at by all her peers.”

Jada Says She Is Still 'Figuring It Out' When It Comes To Will Smith

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Despite being married to the "Men In Black" actor since 1997, the "Red Table Talk" host told People magazine, "We’re still figuring it out,” adding, “We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together. We just got deep love for each other, and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us.”

She also insisted that, at the time, she thought that the Oscars slap was part of a skit. “I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him,’” Jada recalled. “It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.”

As for the fallout from the Oscars slap, Jada decided, “I’m going to be by his side but also allow him to have to figure this out for himself.”

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