- Willow Smith revealed the news during the Red Table Talk with her mother and grandmother
- Her mother was supportive, but the grandmother was not buying into the concept
- In July 2020, Willow's mother admitted to having an affair with August Alsina
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Willow Smith, the 20-year-old daughter of movie star Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, has come out as polyamorous.
Polyamory is the practice of having intimate relationships with more than one partner, with all partners' informed consent.
Willow broke the news on April 28 during a discussion with her mother and grandmother. Speaking on her mum's Facebook show dubbed Red Table Talk, Willow said she could not see herself going past two partners.
According to Willow, she does not want to get into a monogamous arrangement simply because those around her encourage it.
“With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that's what everyone around you says is the right thing to do,” she said.
Explaining her decision, Willow noted that the primary cause of divorce in monogamous arrangements is cheating.
“So I was like, how can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind? Also, doing research into polyamory, the main reasons why divorce happens in monogamous relationships is infidelity,” said Willow.
However, Willow’s argument did not convince her grandmother Adrienne Banfield Norris.
“For somebody like me, it feels like it's really all just centred around sex,” her grandmother said.
Jada, on the other hand, said she understands and is okay with her daughter’s choice.
“I'm okay with whatever you do. Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear,” she said.
Two years ago, Willow confessed she was bisexual on her weekly Facebook Watch series.
“I love men and women equally and so I would definitely want one man, one woman. I feel like if I were to find two people of the different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection, I don't feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more,” she said.
Jada's understanding of her daughter could have something to do with her 2016 affair with August Alsina.
“I just wanted to feel good, it had been so long since I felt good.
“Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturities and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” she told her husband Will on an episode of Red Table Talk.
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