Jada Pinkett Smith Shuts Down Talk of Sex Issues With Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith has insisted that she has "never had an issue in the bedroom" with her husband, Will Smith, after candidly talking about her sex life.

During a newly released special episode of her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, the actress, 50, and guest Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, spoke about the challenges of maintaining a healthy sex life in long-term relationships.

After it was brought up that Paltrow was enjoying "some of the best sex these days" with her husband of three years, Brad Falchuk, Pinkett Smith then spoke about her own sexual journey with Smith, to whom she's been married since 1997.

"It's hard," Pinkett Smith said. "The thing Will and I talk about a lot is the journey. We started in this at a very young age, you know, 22 years old.

"That's why the accountability part really hit for me because I think you expect your partner to know [what you need], especially when it comes to sex. It's like, 'Well, if you love me, you should know. If you love me, you should read my mind.' That's a huge pitfall."

"Isn't it weird, though?" Sex, Love & Goop star Paltrow responded. "It's like someone doesn't read your mind and we feel crushed."

"Crushed!" Pinkett said, adding: "You tell me what you need. Tell me what you want, and on top of it, I know that I have to be accountable to do the same... I really try."

"It's uncomfortable, but it's deeply healthy," said Pinkett Smith, whose mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris was also involved in the discussion. "And I think around sex, because it's something that we don't talk about a lot, and there's so much fantasy around it."

Hours after the episode of the show was released on Wednesday, Girls Trip star Pinkett Smith took to Twitter to shoot down speculation that her sex life with Smith, 53, was in any way troubled.

Sharing a link to the interview, the actress urged her 1.6 million followers to "watch it for yourselves," adding: "Will and I have NEVER had an issue in the bedroom. Thank you."

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the World Premiere of Disney's Aladdin at El Capitan theatre on May 21, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Pinkett Smith has spoken about the couple's sex life in the latest episode of her show, "Red Table Talk." VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

The Smiths discussed their marriage on Red Table Talk in the summer of 2020, days after singer August Alsina, now 29, revealed that he had previously had an affair with Pinkett Smith. The couple confirmed the extramarital relationship on the show.

Set It Off star Pinkett Smith famously referred to her relationship with Alsina as an "entanglement," explaining that it occurred during a break in their marriage.

In an interview with GQ, published in September, Smith revealed that he had also sought affection outside of their union, adding that while their relationship was initially monogamous, they eventually made it an open marriage.

The turning point, Smith said, was realizing they were "both miserable and clearly something had to change" after an argument on Pinkett Smith's 40th birthday.

Only because I got time today.
Stop making up headlines.
Watch the @RedTableTalk I did with @GwynethPaltrow for yourselves.
Will and I have NEVER had an issue in the bedroom. Thank you❣️https://t.co/wBpqSTTaGi

— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) October 28, 2021

"Jada never believed in conventional marriage," Smith said. "Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up.

"There were significant, endless discussions about 'What is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple?' And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection."

He added: "We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can't be a prison. And I don't suggest our road for anybody. I don't suggest this road for anybody.

"But the experiences that the freedoms we've given one another... and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love."

Jada Pinkett Smith and August Alsina
August Alsina and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2017 BET Awards at Staples Center on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Alsina revealed in the summer of 2020 that he had previously had an affair with Pinkett Smith. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET

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