Take A Look Back At Three Decades Of Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship

A look back at the couple's offscreen relationship — leading up to the slap heard round the internet.


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Jada Pinkett, Will Smith, and his son Trey Smith attend the Independence Day premiere on June 25, 1996, at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California.

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Pinkett and Smith attend the Devil in a Blue Dress Beverly Hills premiere on Sept. 22, 1995, at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jada Pinkett Smith with Will Smith seated for the fourth annual Blockbuster Awards in 1997.

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Smith and Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield, and her grandmother Marion Banfield attend the Woo Hollywood premiere on May 5, 1998.

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Will Smith looks on approvingly as his girlfriend, Pinkett, dances at Planet Hollywood. The party helped launch Smith's album Men in Black in 1997.

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Smith and Pinkett Smith in 1998

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Pinkett and Smith attend the third annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards on March 11, 1997, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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Smith and his wife, Pinkett Smith, at the White House's Millennium Dinner in 1999

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Smith and Pinkett Smith during Sony Music Post VMA Party at Ruby Foo's in New York City.

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Smith and wife Pinkett Smith watch Laila Ali, daughter of former professional boxer Muhammad Ali, knocking out her opponent Marjorie Jones in the first round at the Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California, on June 15, 2000.

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Pinkett Smith and Smith attend the 2004 Vanity Fair Oscars party at Mortons on Feb. 29, 2004, in Hollywood.

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Smith, Pinkett Smith, and their daughter, Willow

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Pinkett Smith, Smith, and their kids at the Matrix Reloaded premiere

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Smith and Pinkett Smith with family during Men in Black II premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California

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Smith and Pinkett Smith attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' Focus at TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb. 24, 2015, in Hollywood.

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Pinkett Smith and Smith stand onstage with their children Jaden and Willow during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum on Dec. 11, 2009, in Oslo.

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Smith and Pinkett Smith attend the 47th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 5, 2016, in Pasadena, California.

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Pinkett Smith and Smith on Red Table Talk in 2020

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party on March 27, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California.


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