Anyone who thought Will Smith might be upset about Jada Pinkett Smith’s revelations about their marriage in her new memoir, Worthy, is mistaken.
Smith joined his wife on her book tour Wednesday, Oct.18, in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, and called the actress his “best friend.”
“I just really wanted to come out and just be here and hold it down for you the way you have held it down for me,” Smith said.
Video posted on Instagram by The Shade Room showed the King Richard star lovingly placing an arm around Pinkett Smith’s shoulder as he spoke to the audience.
“Jada is the best friend I have ever had on this planet and I am going to show up for her and support her for the rest of my life,” Smith said.
At one point, he said their relationship has been “brutal and beautiful at the same time.”
“We call it ‘brutiful,’” Smith quipped.
The actor praised a smiling Pinkett Smith, and said his dreams were “largely built on the foundation of Jada’s sacrifices,” noting that the Red Table Talk alum supported him personally and professionally, and raised their children Willow, Jaden and Trey Smith, whom he shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino.
The couple was joined by their children, and other family members.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Oscar-winning actor made a surprise appearance at the event inside the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Smith’s show of support came exactly one week after the Today show aired a clip of Pinkett Smith revealing they have been living “completely separate lives” since 2016.
In another interview, the actress told the New York Times she no longer lives with Smith on their estate in Calabasas, California. Pinkett Smith said she bought her own house, also in Calabasas, as a 50th birthday present to herself.
Pinkett Smith, 52, and Smith, 55, have been married since 1997.