So the big news this week, besides that silly quake in DC, Libya's liberation, and Hurricane Irene, is that actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are splitting up after 13 years of marriage.
The announcement was first printed in tabloid magazine In Touch, who, to be fair, only manages to get a story right about every three years. However, this one had an air of veracity to it.
Will Smith is one of Hollywood's biggest superstars and has had an amazing career in film since his auspicious (or not) beginning on the small screen in Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will raps, he produces, and has mastered playing the good guy in some of the top grossing blockbuster films of the last 15 years (Independence Day, Hancock, I Am Legend, Men In Black 1 and 2). And he can be absolutely brilliant in the right role (he's been nominated for two Academy Awards: Pursuit of Happyness, Ali). He's led a pretty charmed life.
Wife Jada has had a similar trajectory, beginning her career on the small screen on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, then branching out into film. While her film career isn't at her husband's level, she's still been very successful and starred in two of the Matrix films. Oh, and she sings and writes songs too. Most recently, Jada is starring in her own TV show, HawthoRNe.
Will and Jada have two kids together, son Jaden and daughter Willow, plus Will's older son from a previous marriage, Trey. They are a handsome family to say the least, and their 27,000 square foot compound in Malibu was recently featured in Architectural Digest. It's all just so perfect... too perfect. And when things are just so freaking perfect you know something isn't right.
The In Touch announcement stated: "After 13 years of marriage, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have decided to separate, an insider tells In Touch Weekly exclusively. They have two children, Jaden and Willow, together. And Jada is stepmother to Will's son, Trey, from a previous marriage."
That's a bold, unambiguous proclamation for a tabloid to make. This wasn't even couched in layers of "alleged," "possibly," "may be," or any of that good stuff us rumor-mongers love to use. This was an emphatic: these bitches quit each other! I'd venture to guess In Touch knows something we don't, and they are sticking to their story.
Even Jada's PR person, Karynne Tencer was a bit bewildered, initially telling TMZ: "What? In Touch said that? I know nothing about this ... Lord. I'm going back to bed."
However, by the end of the day, after coming up with the "exact" language for the denial of the report, Will and Jada released this joint statement: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact."
It didn't take long for new rumors to surface giving substance to the split, suggesting Will caught Jada alone with her new Hawthorne co-star, the recently separated Marc Anthony, and left crying. Gawd, I hope this rumor's false, because a) Will Smith crying? Really? WTF? and b) Marc Anthony? Jeebus, ewww. What is it with this guy bagging hot chicks? He needs to crawl back in his cave and stop coming out in the daylight and scaring humans.
This brings us to yesterday's photo op moment, where Will and Jada were photographed laughing, holding hands, or in other words, putting on a show of solidarity in Malibu while having brunch and buying household goods. WHATEVER! If this rumor had no hint of truth, they would ignore it, like all the other insane rumors tabloids report about celebrities EVERY SINGLE DAY. Why justify a lie with any reaction? Why use language like "intact" and not " in love?" Why the carefully planned PDA?
No decent person wants to see a good marriage dissolve, even a Hollywood one, but what the public hates even more is to be deceived. It's manipulative, it's patronizing, it assumes we can't read between the lines of careful wording and deceptive language.
Clearly, if Will and Jada are splitting up, that's between them and that's sad. However, someone, somewhere KNOWS something and they told In Touch.
Magazines don't like being sued, it costs them money, tars their reputation, and casts doubt on their veracity, so I do believe that there's some truth to this rumor. And when you add in their ridiculous over-the-top photo op and poorly scripted denial, it just adds fuel to the fire.
Not to brag or anything, but I predicted the JLo/Marc Anthony split just days before they made their announcement, although this one slipped under my radar, so there's always room for error.
In my mind, these two are definitely on the rocks. This is Hollywood folks, wake up and smell the bullsh*t!