What we gathered on the Will and Jada trend

Anything outside of the cut-and-dry monogamous relationship or the traditional polygamy (a man and several wives), ruffles the feathers of Nigerians; rousing much opposition. Little wonder, it was a tough pill to swallow when the news became public that popular actor, Will Smith and his wife, Jada Smith, might have practised an open relationship. The recent Red Table Talk with the couple where they both discussed the circumstances that led to the situation, and the lessons learnt had Nigerians even more befuddled.

The series of events started when R&B singer, August Alsina shared that he had been in a relationship with Jada Smith; positing that Will Smith had given his blessings. He went on to say he gave himself wholeheartedly to her for years and would die happy knowing he loved her thoroughly. 

Jada had responded by offering herself up for a Red Table Talk to dissect the event which was broadcasted on the social media site, Facebook. She explained the affair with the rapper, August Alsina took place during a period of separation and termed it an “entanglement”. She also clarified that “the only person who can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself”.

The couple asserted that at the time, four years ago, their marriage was heading for the rocks, with both of them thinking they would never speak again. However, they posit that they have long since reconciled; ending the interview with a fist-bump and a quote of the catchphrase from Smith’s Bad Boys movie: “We ride together, we die together. Bad marriage for life”.

The displayed happiness and contentment of the couple did not stop Nigerians from turning up their noses at the incidence; accusing the pair of romanticising bad relationships, going further to say that they were not good role models.





Others also called into question the “masculinity” of Will for allowing his wife to sleep with another man “under his roof.” 



Some also insinuated that there was a palpable double standard and that if the roles were reversed, people would not be acceptable of the man cheating.




Many also sneered at Jada’s comment that she permitted herself to have an affair; highlighting Nigerians’ inability to comprehend a woman’s autonomy in making decisions without the input of her partner.  


The certainty that the sun will rise in the morning is the same confidence in which to expect outrage from Nigerians at anything that does not fit the norm, the concept of an open relationship is no exception.


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