The moment Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s comeback became a PR disaster.

They weren’t even living together. In an interview with The New York Times, Jada revealed that for her 50th birthday, she “bought her own place, moving out of their Calabasas compound.” 

Jada reflected on the Oscars moment on the Today show on NBC. “First of all, I’m really shocked, because mind you, I’m not there. We haven’t called each other husband and wife in a long time,” Jada told presenter Hoda Kotb. “I’m like, ‘What is going on right now? Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth?’ I’m really worried for Will because I don’t know what’s going on.”

As we all know, Will slapped Chris during the segment, resulting in the Academy Awards banning Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years. 

But ultimately, Jada wanted to stand by Will. “Even though we hadn’t been calling each other husband and wife in a long time, I said, ‘I’m his wife now. We in this.’ That’s just who I am. That’s the gift I have to offer, like, ‘Hey, I’m riding with you’,” she told the NYT

“I knew in my heart that he needed me by his side more than ever.”

Jada confirmed that she and Will are not in an open marriage or divorced, instead, they’re in “a relationship of transparency.”

“We wanted to create a family we never had, and we did that. And we enjoy our family. For us, our marriage is like a cornerstone of that for now. Who knows in 10 years,” she told the NYT

“We’ve tried everything to get away from each other, and we just don’t.”