Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith deny reports they are splitting
WITH BILL ZWECKER August 23, 2011 6:58PM
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith looking cozy at the NCAAP Image Awards in Los Angeles in 2009. | AP/FOX
Updated: November 3, 2011 5:42PM
It took them a while, but Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith finally responded Tuesday afternoon to an InTouch Weekly magazine report claiming the high-profile Hollywood power couple had split.
Only a few hours after Jada Pinkett Smith’s publicist said her client “has nothing to say right now” — usually the kind of comment made prior to a breakup confirmation — the couple issued a statement denying they were ending their marriage.
“Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false,” the couple said in their statement.
“We are still together, and our marriage is intact.”
† The InTouch report caught many in Hollywood by surprise. The Smiths’ 13-year marriage and their constant, very public expressions of mutual affection have created an image that theirs is one of the more stable relationships in a town infamous for revolving-door affairs and marriages.
“Of course, it always has been a bit odd how much Will and Jada talk about their marriage — and even their sex life,” said an associate of Will Smith’s who has worked with him on several film projects. “I’ve always been suspicious of people that have to brag about how happy they are.”
† Rumors had surfaced — quickly quashed and vehemently denied by all involved — that Jada was having a fling with her “HawthoRNe” co-star Marc Anthony, whose marriage to Jennifer Lopez had failed.
† Both Will and Jada long have said divorce “was not an option” for them. The couple is commited not only to their own major Hollywood careers but also those of their children, Jaden and Willow, who have established themselves as young stars.
BABY BEAT: Even though Kimberly Stewart knew it was only a one-night stand with Benicio del Toro that got her pregnant, friends say the daughter of rock legend Rod Stewart has been disappointed by the Oscar winner’s tepid response to the arrival of the couple’s daughter — born on Kimberly Stewart’s 32nd birthday Sunday.
It’s not that the new mom didn’t have plenty of support from first-time granddad Rod (“My joy is indescribable!”), plus her mom Alana Stewart and a slew of siblings — who all piled into the L.A. hospital to greet their newest family member.
But a longtime friend of Alana Stewart told me Kimberly truly thought her pregnancy would lead to a “real relationship with Benicio. … But she always lives in a fantasy world when it comes to men. This is just another example of it.”
Del Toro has made clear that he will take responsibility for the support of the little girl as she grows up.
FATTY FOCUS: Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to introduce current generations to the story of Fatty Arbuckle, the hugely popular silent film star whose career effectively ended due to the tragic death of actress Virginia Rappe. Arbuckle was tried three times for allegedly raping and accidentally killing Rappe in 1921 but despite being acquitted of the charges worked only intermittently until his premature death in 1933.
The late Chris Farley was slated to play Arbuckle in a film penned by David Mamet, but now “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet will take on the role in a different project.
The Hollywood Reporter reports “John Adams” writer Kirk Ellis will translate David A. Yallop’s book The Day the Laughter Stopped to the small screen in this HBO project, which Barry Levinson is slated to direct.
TONY’S TOUCH: When Tony Bennett returns to Ravinia this week, the music legend will re-dedicate his portrait of the festival’s pavilion, which he first gave to Ravinia in 1988. Bennett will make his remarks around 5:30 p.m. Friday in the painting’s new permanent home, the dining pavilion’s lobby, prior to his special 85th birthday concert later that night.
FASHION NOTE: In an update from the Chicago History Museum regarding designer Ralph Rucci — who will be honored at the museum’s upcoming Costume Ball, launching a Charles James exhibit — it should be made clear that while Ruccio is a huge fan of James, he never worked for the fashion icon.
SPORTS SHORT: There was a lot of baseball banter at Rosebud Steakhouse as Braves announcer Don Sutton, ex-Brave and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tom Glavine and Braves pitcher Derek Lowe swapped major league lore — while (separately) Mark McGwire dined at the steakery with his wife and sons.