Will Smith surprised his estranged wife Jada Pinkett Smith on stage in Baltimore Wednesday night to declare his love for her.
“I just really wanted to come out and be here and hold it for you like you did for me,” the Oscar winner told her during his appearance at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
“We had a very, very long and tumultuous (relationship). We call it “brutal.” It was both brutal and beautiful,” he said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Stunned, Jada – who was at her alma mater at the Baltimore School of the Arts to promote her memoir “Worthy” – couldn’t help but show her emotion as she covered her mouth with one hand for that her ex-husband was making these remarks.
The couple were joined by their children Jaden, 25, and Willow, 22, as well as Jada’s mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, who celebrated her 70th birthday.
Will’s 30-year-old son Trey Smith, whom he shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino, has also joined the family.
Elsewhere, Will Smith said the couple’s troubled union was a “botched public experiment in unconditional love,” according to the Baltimore Banner.
“As I stand here before you today, I am happier than I have ever been in my entire life,” he shared. “I achieved everything I ever wanted in my life.”
“There is nothing left in this world that I want – all the rewards, all the money, the family – everything I ever dreamed of,” he added.
The “I Am Legend” actor thanked Jada for supporting his career and family, saying his dreams were “built largely on Jada’s sacrifices.”
He also thanked the mother of two for raising Willow and Jaden, as well as his stepson Trey.
“Can you show up and love someone for the rest of your life, even if you don’t agree with them?” » said Will. “Jada is the best friend I’ve ever had on this planet and I’m going to show up for her and support her for the rest of my life.”
Jada then called Will “baby” as he finished his speech.
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The “Girls Trip” actress, 52, revealed last week that she and the Oscar winner have been separated since 2016 — and even living apart.
During Wednesday’s interview, Jada opened up about where the couple stands as they continue to “heal the relationship.”
“Will and I are fine,” she told the audience. “Anyone who doesn’t understand and who doesn’t have something to say is going to have to wait in line.”
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