- Jada Pinkett Smith said that she bought her own engagement ring after Will Smith proposed.
- Pinkett Smith said that the action gave her some control and was intended to prepare her for marriage.
- “The ring was a statement that said to my fear: Get used to this now,” she said.
Jada Pinkett Smith said that she bought her own engagement ring after Will Smith proposed to her so she could retain some control and prepare herself for marriage.
“I went to Harry Winston in Beverly Hills and bought my ring, a nice-sized pear-shaped diamond set in a platinum band,” Pinkett Smith wrote in her new memoir, “Worthy,” released on Tuesday. “By buying my own ring, I took some measure of control and sent the message to myself: All right, get with the program.”
“A decade later, Will would completely outdo himself and buy me a 10-carat Graff diamond ring,” she continued. “But in this moment, I had to move quickly to make it all real and concrete for my psyche. The ring was a statement that said to my fear: Get used to this now.”
In “Worthy,” Pinkett Smith detailed her childhood, Hollywood stardom, and relationship with Smith. The pair wed in 1997 and have two children together, son Jaden Smith and daughter Willow Smith, but Pinkett Smith never wanted to be married.
“My trepidation had nothing to do with Will — it had everything to do with my long-held belief that marriage wasn’t for me,” Pinkett Smith wrote, adding that at the time, her mom Adrienne Banfield had two failed marriages.