Jada Pinkett Smith on marriage rumors: 'Will and I know the truth'
Jada Pinkett Smith has addressed the rumors that she and husband Will Smith are facing marital troubles.
In August 2011, Will Smith and Pinkett Smith released a joint statement denying reports that the two had ended their 13-year marriage. Pinkett Smith again addressed the rumors in a recent interview with French magazine Gala, saying that they both know the truth.
"I have no idea [why]! Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope," she said. "This year, unluckily, it's us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it."
"Will and I know the truth," she continued. "We're waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over."
The 40-year-old actress and author went on to tell the magazine that their happy relationship hasn't changed.
"These rumors are completely untrue," she added. "I travel a lot because of my work, just like Will does... But our lifestyle hasn't changed. Before we had the kids, we were already far away from each other quite often because of separate projects."
Will Smith and Pinkett Smith met on the set of Will Smith's hit 90s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." The couple got married in December 1997 and have two children together - Jaden, 13, and Willow, 11.
Their son Jaden starred in the 2010 summer hit remake of "The Karate Kid" and daughter Willow is pursuing a music career. Will Smith also has a 19-year-old son named Willard Christopher Smith III, nicknamed Trey, from a previous marriage to Sheree Zampino that ended in divorce in 1995.
In August 2011, the couple released their first joint statement to counter the initial speculation, saying that they were in fact still together, after Will Smith was seen in Miami without a wedding ring.
"Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false," the couple said in a joint statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com "We are still together, and our marriage is intact."
The two were recently photographed together at an NBA basketball game and the family supported Will Smith when he hosted the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards in March.
The couple has spoken openly in the past about how dedicated they are to making their marriage work in order to avoid divorce.
"What I found is divorce just can't be an option," Will Smith told Ellen DeGeneres during a May 2008 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "It's really that simple. And I think that's the problem with L.A. -- there are so many options. So a huge part of the success for [Jada] and I is that we just removed the other options."
The actress recently starred on the TNT drama "HawthoRNe" alongside Marc Anthony, who announced his separation from Jennifer Lopez in July 2011. The show kicked off its third season premiere in June 2011. The show was cancelled that September following poor ratings.
Meanwhile, Will Smith is set to reprise his role as Agent J for the upcoming sequel "Men In Black 3," which is slated to hit theaterd on May 25. He also has several movies in production and more than three dozen under development, including sequels to "Independence Day," "Hancock," "I, Robot" and "Bad Boys," and a prequel to his 2007 film, "I Am Legend."