Jada Pinkett Smith. biography
Jada Koren Pinkett was born on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland and studied dance and choreography at the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager. After transferring to the North Carolina School of Arts and dropping out, Jada moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
In 1991, Jada made her first television appearance in the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World. Two years later, Jada made her big-screen debut in Menace II Society (1993) with established star Samuel L. Jackson. Her prominent performance led to lead roles in Jason's Lyric (1994), Set it Off (1996), The Nutty Professor (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Return to Paradise (1998).
Jada's career continued to soar with her role in Spike Lee's Bamboozled (2000), an extremely controversial satire involving racial preference in the TV industry. In 2001, Jada starred in biopic Ali with her husband Will Smith as Sonji, Mohammad, Ali's first wife. She then landed a lead role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Doug McHenry's Kingdom Come (2001), while pregnant with her daughter Willow.
Additional success followed with her role as human rebel Niobe in the sci-fi thrillers The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In 2007, Jada co-starred with Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler in the drama Reign Over Me, followed by a lead role in the female-power flick The Women (2008), alongside Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Annette Bening and Meg Ryan.
In 2008, Jada made her screenwriting, directorial debut in the independent film The Human Contract and landed a voice over role in the animated series Madagascar (2008). A year later, Jada returned to television as the head nurse in TNT's Hawthorne (2009), which ran for three seasons.
Jada's most recent projects include, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), the drama La escribana de uraba (2014) and The Penguins of Madagascar (2015).
Is Jada Pinkett Smith Gay?
Jada and Will Smith were coined Hollywood's most beloved couple when they married in 1995 but over the years, rumors of their sexual orientation began to develop. In 2008, a unidentified woman alleged she had a three year affair with Jada and the only reason Jada hadn't left Will was due to her children and fear of ruining her Hollywood career.
"Jada is a very passionate and caring woman. I believe she's with Will for the children and for her career. She loves her lifestyle and if she came out as a lesbian, it would be all over for her. Her children would be gone and her career. I love Jada more than anything and want to be with her." The woman is currently unemployed, but met Jada while she was working for a top record producer. The woman said she came forward, because Jada must face the truth: "It's time Jada come clean. It's 2006 and I know how bad she wants to be honest to the world and stop lying! I am hoping me coming out will inspire her to do the same," the woman said in an interview with The Sun.
In a 2008 interview with UK magazine Reveal, speculations intensified when Will Smith hinted that a "relaxed" union may be the most successful route to take when entering a marriage, "Our perspective is, you don't avoid what's natural and you're going to be attracted to people... And if it came down to it, then one would say to the other: 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now, I'm not going to if you don't approve of it'."
Will goes on to disclose the secret open policy recipe, which they initiated on their marriage day.
"In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others'. We said 'you will never hear I did something afterwards'. Because if that happens the relationship is destroyed."
Jada later commented on her husband's comment, saying:
"When Will asked me to get married, I said, 'Understand this, there will be no divorce. So, you might be in one bedroom and I might be in another, but we're gonna be under the same roof and we're gonna be married.'"
Their marriage is still under the microscope.
Jada Pinkett Smith Husband & Dating History Timeline
1986 - 1989
Jada and Tupac Shakur met in the mid-'80s when the two were attending the Baltimore School for the Arts. They were photographed kissing on many occasions but the two saw themselves as great friends. They continued their friendship until Tupac's death in 1996.
1991 - 1991
According to reports, Jada and Wesley Snipes dated in the '90s but the lovebirds never confirmed the relationship.
1993 - 1995
Duke basketball star, Grant Hill dated Jada during the 90s when she was filming A Different World.
1995 - Present
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will first met when Jada auditioned for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990. Although she didn't land the part, the two became good friends. After he ended his marriage with Sheree Zampino and Jada dumped her longtime boyfriend in 1995, the two wasted little time starting their own romantic relationship. In 1996, Jada expressed her view on their relationship:
"I helped him understand what happened in his marriage and he helped me see what happened in my relationship. He's become my best friend. There's nothing I can't say to him, nothing I can't share."
The two got secretly hitched on December 31, 1997 in Baltimore at the Cloisters Mansion.
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith was born on July 8, 1998 and Willow Camille Reign Smith was born on October 31, 2000.