Reports that Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have decided to call it quits are dead wrong, according to the actor himself.
Smith, who says he normally avoids responding to such “foolishness,” took to Facebook Monday afternoon to slap down a story posted by RadarOnline that morning saying he and Pinkett Smith had inked a “secret split deal.”
“Under normal circumstances, I don’t usually respond to foolishness. (Because it’s contagious),” Smith wrote. “But, so many people have extended me their ‘deepest condolences’ that I figured – ‘What the hell… I can be foolish, too!’ So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are… NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -).”
Smith went on to say in the unfortunate event that the two Hollywood stars did decide to split, he would break the news himself.
“I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself! #Dumb People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D’s.”
Minutes after Smith posted his statement, Pinkett Smith tweeted, “My king has spoken.”
The RadarOnline report, which went viral and made the hashtag #WillandJada a trending topic on Twitter, said the couple of 17 years was “ending their rocky marriage” and working “out a confidential settlement to protect their $240 million fortune.”
The article also said the couple was preparing “their kids [son Jaden, 17, and daughter Willow, 14] for the fallout.”
The story went on to quote an anonymous source as saying that the two stars are “exhausted from trying to maintain the façade of a happy union,” adding, “They’ve decided to pull the plug in a carefully choreographed manner, [and] agree announcing their split at the end of the summer is the right move.”
My king has spoken.
– Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) August 3, 2015