Lingering rumors of Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will's relationship being on the rocks are put to rest in her new interview with Essence for its September issue.
"It's rumored that we're getting a divorce. But no. We're not getting a divorce," Pinkett Smith says of her marriage. "Where am I going to go? That's my boo. It's like he's another part of me."
The two, who have been married for over 14 years, originally met when Pinkett Smith auditioned for a part on Smith's sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Although she didn't get the part, they remained friends and began dating a few years later.
With the amount of media scrutiny that faces not only Pinkett Smith and her husband but their two showbiz children as well, the couple has intentionally managed to keep its marriage private.
When Pinkett Smith isn't working, being a wife and mother, or deflecting questions about her marriage, she has been active with philanthropy and politics as well. The 40-year-old Maryland native recently divulged plans to launch a movement against human slavery and trafficking.
"When something speaks to you as brightly and as strongly as this particular issue speaks to me, you just put every resource that you have to move things forward," she says of the cause on which she recently testified during a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
She relates her ability to take action on the issue of human trafficking to her experience in show business.
"That's what we do, we move fast. It's the entertainment business," she says. "You have to move like a rocket. We're talking about people's lives."
Jada Pinkett Smith's full Essence interview is now available on newsstands.
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