With the debut of Red Table Talk this Spring, Jada Pinkett Smith has been dropping gems on us on a near daily basis. But words of wisdom from the wife, mother, actress, and entrepreneur have never been hard to come by, especially when it comes to love and marriage.
Since Jada and her husband Will Smith walked down the aisle in 1997, people have been obsessed with their union and how they choose to operate within their marriage. But more important than curiosity about whether their marriage is open or not are the insights from Jada on how they demonstrate love and respect to one another. Check out these 10 quotes from her that speak to what a loving relationship really looks like, in her opinion.
Love and honesty are the things that make a good wife and mother.
I think that with marriages, people have to understand that you have to look at your marriage and understand what is needed in your marriage – not what people think your marriage should be or what people want your marriage to be.
Know this, if someone has cheated on you who truly loves you, they have hurt themselves as much as they have hurt you.
You know, as I get older, personal happiness is all about love. It’s all about love. You know, how I’m loved and how I love my family and my husband. That to me is happiness, when I feel like I am loved and I have a place to love deeply. That to me is happiness.
What you’re willing to sacrifice is the measurement of how you love – at least it is for me.
Love is what sometimes holds us and binds us when we’re not so happy.
You can be committed to somebody because of ego: ‘I said I was going to be with this joker for the rest of my life, so I’m just going to do it.’ Or you can be committed because you have a deeply rooted connection.
People love in different ways. You may have a man who brings you flowers every Monday but doesn’t give two hooty-hoots about Valentine’s Day. Just because he doesn’t give you a valentine doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you!
I don’t think it’s easy to be married to anyone.
My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.