Will Smith Never Actually Wanted to Divorce His First Wife, Sheree Zampino

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Sheree Zampino attend the 60th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, 1991

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are sharing lots about themselves and one another on Red Table Talk. While the couple’s gone by their ups and downs, we will’t neglect that Smith was married to a girl previous to getting along with Pinkett Smith. In the early ’90s, he wed Sheree Zampino, and the couple had a baby collectively.

So, what occurred to their marriage? It appears Zampino was the one to tug the plug first. Here’s what Smith defined.

Will Smith met Sheree Zampino when he needed to fulfill Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and Sheree Zampino attend the 60th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, 1991
Will Smith and Sheree Zampino attend the 60th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, 1991 | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

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Smith needed to fulfill Pinkett Smith from the primary second he noticed her on A Different World, The Washington Post defined. For that motive, he went to a taping of the present in an effort to lastly meet Pinkett Smith. But he ended up assembly Zampino as an alternative. From there, he selected to pursue Zampino and neglect about Pinkett Smith.

“I went to Different World to meet Jada and met Sheree and ended up marrying Sheree and having Trey with Sheree,” Smith defined on Red Table Talk, in keeping with The List. “I didn’t meet Jada that day … we had all these near misses.”

Smith and Zampino wed in 1992, they usually had their son, Trey, the identical yr. But when Smith ultimately did meet Pinkett Smith, he knew she was the one he was meant to be with. The spark he knew he’d really feel together with her was nonetheless there once they met up and talked exterior of a Los Angeles jazz membership.

Smith by no means needed to divorce Zampino, so Zampino divorced him

Alfonso Ribeiro, Gabrielle Tuite, Will Smith, and Sheree ZampinoAlfonso Ribeiro, Gabrielle Tuite, Will Smith, and Sheree Zampino
Alfonso Ribeiro, Gabrielle Tuite, Will Smith, and Sheree Zampino | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

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While Smith knew his reference to Pinkett Smith was sturdy, he by no means dreamed of divorce. He knew he made a promise to Zampino and supposed on following by. But she was really the one to tug the plug first. Just a number of years into their marriage, Zampino filed for divorce on Valentine’s Day, in keeping with The List. And the 2 had been formally separated by December 1995.

There wasn’t any infidelity concerned on the finish of their marriage. Instead, Zampino famous she and Smith had been younger once they acquired collectively, they usually grew aside. “Our marriage ended because we were so young,” Zampino wrote to Facebook. “It’s just a lot of responsibility. Marriage is not easy. Especially at that age.”

She additionally famous that Smith’s rising standing and profession focus might have performed a task of their marriage’s finish. “Will was becoming bigger and bigger with his career. I’m becoming smaller and smaller and smaller,” she continued.

As for Smith, he was devastated by the loss. “With Sheree and with Trey, that was a really difficult time,” Smith defined on Red Table Talk, in keeping with Today. “Divorce was the worst thing in my adult life, divorce was the ultimate failure for me.”

“I’ve been hurt a lot in my adult life, but I don’t think anything touches the failure of getting divorced from my 2-year-old son’s mother,” he continued.

Zampino and Pinkett Smith didn’t get alongside at first, both

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend Paramount Pictures' Premiere of 'Gemini Man' Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend Paramount Pictures' Premiere of 'Gemini Man'
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend Paramount Pictures’ Premiere of ‘Gemini Man’ | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Pinkett Smith had a tricky time accepting that Zampino would at all times be in her and Smith’s life as a result of couple’s son. And the ladies had a number of robust telephone calls at first. But Smith inspired Pinkett Smith to simply accept Zampino as a result of she was the daddy of his youngster. And finally, Pinkett Smith got here to an understanding.

“One of the coping mechanisms with me with Sheree was really, like, ‘Hey, she gifted me.’ She really did. She gifted me,” Pinkett Smith defined, in keeping with The Oprah Magazine. “I started to put that into my psychology. She’s not an enemy. She did me a favor. But then on top of that I had to go into an even deeper psychology of, ‘She’s Trey’s mother,’ as my relationship with Trey deepened.”

Now, it appears Pinkett Smith is at peace with all the things that’s occurred with Zampino previously. And the 2 girls are at a superb place now. We’re glad Smith and Pinkett Smith finally discovered one another after Smith’s divorce, too.

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