Will Smith’s birthday present for wife Jada Pinkett’s birthday in 2011 backfired horribly when she branded the gesture a “ridiculous display of his ego” and caused Will to hit “rock bottom”.
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A resurfaced video of Jada Pinkett Smith’s reaction to husband Will Smith’s birthday surprise has divided opinion across the internet.
Will spent three years planning a surprise party for his wife Jada’s 40th birthday — only to find it didn’t quite get the reaction he expected.
In fact, her reaction was so bad that it brought Will to a “rock bottom,” and Jada admitted that it was ultimately the “tipping point” in their relationship.
The two spoke about the incident on an episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk , that Jada organizes with her daughter pasture and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
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“I think the turning point in our relationship for me came when I turned 40. I had a midlife crisis then,” Jada recalled.
“Yeah, your 40th birthday was my rock bottom,” Will replied.
He then explained how far he went to plan Jada’s party and how he started preparing ahead of time.
“The day after her 37th birthday, I hired a team to orchestrate her 40th birthday,” he said.
Turning to his daughter Willow, he continued, “I hired a documentary crew, I tracked down mom’s family roots.
“Your 40th birthday should be my thing!”
Jada then interrupted and said: “It was going to be a splash.”
Will also arranged for Mary J. Blige to appear in the hopes it would pull her out of her “midlife crisis” and be his “deepest, most beautiful declaration of love.”
But Jada didn’t exactly see it that way, admitting she thought it was a “ridiculous display” of his “ego.”
Will was “devastated,” he said, though in a way he agreed.
The clip was shared again on Reddit recently, which surprised many people when they heard about Jada’s reaction.
One person commented, “Wow… what the heck,” before calling Jada “ungrateful.”
Another wrote, “Imagine you’re married to someone who has literally spent years planning a special event for you, and instead of expressing gratitude, you say it’s all to feed their ego…marital bliss.”
A third wrote: “Treat her like a celebrity, she will treat you like a fan.”
But others understood why she reacted the way one did, as one said: “The way he described it sounded like it was feeding its own ego.”
This comes as Will was banned from the Oscars for 10 years after beating Chris Rock during the awards show.
The Academy made the announcement in a letter from President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson. The academy said the 94th Academy Awards “was overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage”.
Will slapped Chris for joking about his wife’s shaved head, a result of hair loss alopecia.
He has since apologized for his actions.
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