On Friday, Jada Pinkett Smith set the record straight about the divorce rumors that have been going around for months about her marriage with Will Smith. She told the French magazine Gala that she doesn’t know why these rumors won’t go away.

“I have no idea! Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope. This year, unluckily, it’s us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it.  Will and I know the truth. We’re waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over.”

In all actuality, Will and Jada have been under the microscope from the moment they said “I do.” For some reason it seems as though the public has always been counting down to the demise of the power couple. From the speculation that they are swingers to the recent divorce rumors, one could conclude that the idea of a black celebrity couple making it is unthinkable.

Instead of rooting the couple on, we are more than happy to shout, “I knew it!” at the possibility of this marriage coming to an end. There is such a stigma around black couples in general that we should be hoping this couple does stand the test of time so that we can prove the statistics wrong. Not every black marriage will fail with our children having to deal with being raised in a one parent home.

The public is still surprised at the longevity of Denzel Washington and his wife, yet the long lasting marriage of Tom Hanks and his wife is not a surprise. Why must we think like that about celebrity couples with a darker hue? Why can’t it be the norm to see a happy, successful black couple go the distance?

When it comes to marriage I am always on the side of wanting to see it really last until “death do us part.” This is especially true for black couples. Spreading rumors, digging up dirt and waiting to see a black couple fall is not what we need in the black community.

If we don’t uplift and encourage each other then who will?

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  • cupcakes and shiraz

    I disagree with the author of this article. Most black people celebrate the longevity of couples like Denzel and Paulette, the Obamas, etc. because they are inspiring examples of black love.

    As for Will and Jada- I think people are dying to see them fail because of all the rumors regarding their marriage being open . Skin colour has nothing to do with this at all.

  • HowApropos

    I think it’s mostly white people would like to believe that they’re splitting.

    It’s mainly white people who hate that they’re so successful, they’re passing that down to their children, which is a big no-no, even going so far as to wishing death on them.

    I think you’re preaching at the wrong church in this one…

    • HowApropos

      *on this one*

  • virgobabe

    i disagree that we want to see black marriages fail, i think one of celebrity’s most loved and exemplified couples is beyonce and jay-z. the media just wants to break the story of cracks in any seemingly successful relationship. and i agree with some comments here that i don’t think anyone is surprised by the continued happiness of denzel and pauletta.