Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith don't have a monogamous marriage. Here's a timeline of their 26-year relationship.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith don't have a monogamous marriage. Here's a timeline of their 26-year relationship.
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been together for over 25 years.
  • The couple got married in 1997, and they have two children together, Jaden and Willow.
  • Will recently said that he and Jada decided at some point to no longer be monogamous.

1994: Jada auditioned to play Will's girlfriend on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

1994: Jada auditioned to play Will's girlfriend on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
The casting team decided she was too short for the role. NBC

Will and Jada first met in 1994 when a then 19-year-old Jada auditioned to play Will's girlfriend on NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

In 2017, Jada told "Extra" that she wasn't cast because they told her she was "too short to play Will's girlfriend" — she's 5-foot and he's 6-foot-2.

The girlfriend role instead went to Nia Long.

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1995: Their friendship blossomed into romance.

1995: Their friendship blossomed into romance.
They started dating in 1995. Getty/Carlo Allegri

Although Jada and Will didn't get to play a couple on TV, the two began building a real-life friendship.

At the time, however, Will was married to Sheree Zampino. The two had a son named Trey.

Will and Sheree got divorced in 1995, and Will and Jada started dating that same year.

In a 2018 interview with Access, Jada said that Will reached out to her when he was separated from Sheree before their divorce was finalized.

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December 31, 1997: The pair walked down the aisle on New Year's Eve.

December 31, 1997: The pair walked down the aisle on New Year's Eve.
They got married on New Year's Eve. Getty/Pascal Le Segratin

On New Year's Eve 1997, Will and Jada were married in a private ceremony at the Cloisters Mansion near Jada's hometown of Baltimore.

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July 8, 1998: Their son Jaden was born.

July 8, 1998: Their son Jaden was born.
Jaden and Will Smith on the red carpet. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

In 1998, Jada and Will's oldest son Jaden was born.

Today, Jaden is a rapper and actor who's known for his head-turning outfits.

Jaden even acted alongside his dad, playing his on-screen son in "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "After Earth."

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October 31, 2000: The couple welcomed their daughter, Willow.

October 31, 2000: The couple welcomed their daughter, Willow.
Willow Smith has also joined the entertainment industry. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

In October 2000, Will and Jada's family grew with the birth of their daughter, Willow.

She followed her family into the entertainment industry and made a name for herself in the music scene with her 2010 single "Whip My Hair."

She was also featured in "I Am Legend" alongside her father, and she voiced Baby Gloria in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" alongside her mother.

Willow cohosts the Facebook Watch show "Red Table Talk" with her mother and grandmother.

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August 23, 2011: The couple squashed reports that Jada was cheating on Will with Marc Anthony.

August 23, 2011: The couple squashed reports that Jada was cheating on Will with Marc Anthony.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith released a joint statement denying divorce reports. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

In 2011, reports began to circulate that Will and Jada were headed for divorce.

Per Us Weekly, an unnamed source from the set of Jada's TNT drama series "HawthoRNe" suggested that the actress was having an affair with her on-screen love interest, Marc Anthony.

Anthony and his now ex-wife Jennifer Lopez were divorcing at the time, and observers noticed him getting closer to Jada.

Per "Today," Will and Jada put out a joint response denying the reports.

"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," the statement read.

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April 3, 2013: Jada's comments led some fans to believe that she and Will have an open marriage.

April 3, 2013: Jada's comments led some fans to believe that she and Will have an open marriage.
She later clarified her statement. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

In 2013, Jada told HuffPost Live, "I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be OK.' Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I'm here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa."

Her comments led to speculation that the two have an open marriage.

Jada later clarified her statement on Facebook, assuring fans that their relationship is solid.

"Here's how I will change my statement ... Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so," she wrote. "This does NOT mean we have an open relationship … this means we have a GROWN one."

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August 3, 2015: Will took to Facebook to deny another round of divorce rumors.

August 3, 2015: Will took to Facebook to deny another round of divorce rumors.
He squashed the rumors for fans on Facebook. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

When more rumors started to circulate about the Smiths' marital troubles in 2015, Will took to Facebook to deny that he and Jada were getting divorced.

Part of the post read, "I promise you all — if I ever decide to divorce my Queen — I SWEAR I'll tell you myself."

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May 7, 2018: Jada hashed it out with Will's ex.

May 7, 2018: Jada hashed it out with Will's ex.
Sheree Zampino was Will Smith's first wife. Getty/Valerie Macon

On a Mother's Day episode of her Facebook Watch series "Red Table Talk," Jada sat down with Zampino, Will's ex-wife.

Jada admitted that she thought it was wrong that she got involved with Will while he was still technically married to Zampino. But the two agreed to leave their bad feelings in the past, and in a tearful exchange, Zampino thanked Jada for her role in co-parenting Trey.

"Thank you for loving my baby," Zampino said.

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July 2018: Will said that he and Jada are "life partners."

July 2018: Will said that he and Jada are "life partners."
They call themselves life partners. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

During a 2018 appearance on Tidal's "RapRadar" podcast, Will opened up about how solid his relationship is with Jada.

"We don't even say we're married anymore. We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life," he said. "There's no deal breakers. There's nothing she could do — ever. Nothing that would break our relationship."

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July 10, 2020: Will and Jada talked about Jada's extramarital relationship on "Red Table Talk."

July 10, 2020: Will and Jada talked about Jada's extramarital relationship on "Red Table Talk."
Will Smith appeared on an episode of Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk." Facebook Watch

After rapper August Alsina claimed that he'd had an affair with Jada in 2015, Jada invited Will to appear on "Red Table Talk."

The couple explained what really happened — they'd been formally separated in 2015 when Jada had her "entanglement" with Alsina — and opened up about how they got through this period of their marriage.

Ultimately, Jada said the couple has "really gotten to that new place of unconditional love."

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September 27, 2021: Will said that their marriage is no longer monogamous.

September 27, 2021: Will said that their marriage is no longer monogamous.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on the red carpet in 2019. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

In a recent interview for the November cover of GQ, Will told the publication that at one point in their marriage, he and Jada decided they would no longer be monogamous.

"We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way," he said.

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

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