For fans of Will Smith, it’s easy to forget that he has been married twice. The 49-year-old star, who became a household name in the ’90s after starring in the decade-defining show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is widely considered to the most dedicated family man in Hollywood.
The Philadelphia-born star’s relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith has become the epitome of ‘relationship goals’ since they wed in 1997, and as a result, the dynamic duo have been able to erase all memory of their questionable origin.
The power couple first met in 1994 when Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend in The Fresh Prince. At that point in her career, 24-year-old Jada hadn’t celebrated many big successes. Meanwhile, Smith was a mainstream star within the entertainment industry, having managed to break into both music and film.
Unfortunately, Jada wouldn’t get her big break playing Will’s girlfriend as the show’s casting director considered her to be too short for the role. But whilst she wouldn’t get to play Will’s girlfriend on screen, she would in real life after the two actors hit it off.
Listen to Jada explain how she fell in love with Will Smith…
The issue was that at the time Smith was married to Sheree Zampino. Not only that, but the couple had a young son, Trey, who was born in 1992.