Will Smith has spoken out about the revelations in his estranged wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s new memoir, “Worthy.” In a letter to British podcaster Jay Shetty, which was read to Pinkett Smith on his podcast “On Purpose,” Smith wrote that he was “shocked and stunned and caught off guard” by the book, but also “inspired” and “heartbroken.”
“It’s one thing to hear anecdotes at a family barbecue, but it was truly overwhelming to take in your story, potently condensed in this way,” Smith wrote.
Smith also expressed regret for his own actions during their 25-year marriage.
“I know it wasn’t easy to excavate the depths in that way. I applaud and honor you,” he wrote. “If I had read this book 30 years ago, I definitely would have hugged you more. I’ll start now.”
Pinkett Smith laughed when Shetty read her Smith’s letter, saying, “He knows I can’t have no Merlot!” She then added, “That’s beautiful. That’s why I can’t divorce that joker.”
She continued in tears, “To hear him say that he would have hugged me more is me hearing him say he would have taken a bit more time to listen and understand.”
“Worthy” hits bookstores today, October 17. It includes a number of bombshells regarding Pinkett Smith’s marriage, including the fact that she and Smith have been separated since 2016 and that she considered Tupac Shakur her soul mate.