Did Jada Pinkett Smith and Marc Anthony Cheat... With Each Other?

Why, oh why?! One of the rare Hollywood marriage success stories is going up in flames.

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What the heck is going on between Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith? Earlier in the week, seemingly out of nowhere, rumors of their marital troubles surfaced and spread rapidly. The two denied that they were separating, divorcing, or anything less than perfectly happy in their marriage.

But alas, the plot thickens. Apparently Will had been growing “suspicious” of Jada’s relationship with Marc Anthony on the set of her show HawthoRNe (Am I the only person who had no idea until today that Marc Anthony is a cast member of that show?) After Jada allegedly began living separately in another of the couple’s homes, and traveling more frequently without the family, Will dropped in unannounced on his wife only to discover her with Marc.

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I don’t question when celebrity relationships fail - even ones as long-lasting as Will and Jada’s 14-year marriage. I believe it when I hear that spouses cheat because, unfortunately, it happens all the time. But what I simply can’t wrap my mind around is why a woman with so many other men vying for her attention would cheat with Marc Anthony (or marry him…yeah we’re lookin’ at you, JLo).

What exactly does this man posses that attracts out-of-this-world beautiful women like Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith? Because honestly, I can’t figure out the physical attraction between other-wordly goddesses and this plain, plain man.

In fact, I’ve been nagged by the thought that Marc Anthony looks like something, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s some sort of animal. What animal, however, I couldn’t discern. In frustration, I googled “what does Marc Anthony look like” to scour for Marc’s perfect match. Not an animal, but close enough. Behold:

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So, with massive physical attraction and undeniable bodily longing crossed off the list of potential reasons to have an affair with Marc Anthony, I am left to conclude that this must have been an affair of convenience. It makes an odd sort of sense - Marc was obviously going through a difficult time in his relationship, and perhaps Jada was as well. They could have begun to confide in each other on set, emotionally investing their secrets and themselves into each other. Except, of course, it was likely taken many steps too far.

People usually cheat for one of two reasons: They’re searching for some kind of fulfillment that they aren’t getting in their relationship, or because they want to create an “easy” way out of the relationship (since most people consider cheating grounds for separation and divorce). Whether or not Jada and Marc cheated together is still uncertain and unproven. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Rumors of this magnitude usually don’t ignite from nothing. It’s too late for Marc and Jennifer, but I hope the same won’t be true for Jada and Will. 

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Rachel East is a freelance writer specializing in relationships and relationship advice. In addition to her regular column on TMR, Rachel contributes relationship content to the Levo League, formerly known as Pretty Young Professional, a website for young, professional and ambitious women. Her writing…

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