Will Smith and his ex-wife Sheree Zampino are parents to son Trey, 18. Will and his current wife Jada Pinkett Smith are parents to Willow, 10, and Jaden, 12. But Sheree says their kids know that they are all part of one big, happy family.
“Our kids don’t refer to each other—and when I say three kids I’m talking about Willow and Jaden—they don’t refer to each other as half brother and half sister,” Sheree says. “That concept is so foreign to them. They are brothers and sister. Period.”
And Sheree, who is now married to former NFL player Terrell Fletcher, says she and Will make sure that son Trey never feels he has to choose between the two of them. “One of the things I never did—I know sometimes we have a tendency to use our kids as pawns – and if I’m mad at you then you’re not going to see [your father]. That’s so foolish, because you’re taking it out on your child.”
So does Sheree’s goodwill extend to the current Mrs. Will Smith? “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Are you and Jada friends?’ Jada and I are friendly, absolutely,” she says.
“And see, too, it depends on your understanding of the word friend,” she clarifies. “Jada and I don’t do things separately [from the kids] – like, ‘Girl, what you doing today? Let’s get lunch.’ Or ‘Let’s go see a movie.’
“We don’t cross that line. Because what happens is if we have an issue in our friendship, it affects everything. Now it affects the kids.”