This Friday Will Smith wished his ex-wife, Sheree Zampino, a happy 51st birthday with a loving tribute. Sheree and Will divorced in late 1995 before he and Pinkett Smith tied the knot in 1997, with who he has two children now.
Smith posted a throwback photo of the exes with their baby son Trey who is now 26. He captioned the snap: “Happy Bday, @shereezampino. #BestBabyMamaEver! 🙂 I Love You, Ree-Ree.”
Chris Rock was fast find the humour in it and commented under the post: “Wow. You have a very understanding wife,” Rock, 53, wrote in the comment section.
Meanwhile, Zampino commented, “Aww thank you baby daddy! I love you back! And thank you @treysmith0011 for being the reason we came together. And to @jadapinkettsmith for being an understanding, secure and absolutely AMAZING wife, mother, bonus-mom and co-parenting partner!”
Will’s current wife Jada Pinkett Smith also took it to social media to wish Sehree a happy b-day: “Happy Birthday @shereezampino! Whew Chile! It’s been a hell of a journey between us and I’m grateful! You have been the provider of many ego deaths and profound lessons. And through it all, I’m so happy we’ve found space to laugh together, cry together and share joy together within our blended family. You’ve been a gift. I’m wishing you the world.”
During one of the episodes of Jada’s show ‘Red Table Talk’, the two women sat down and talked honestly. “Do you remember that conversation we had on the phone that one time?” the actress asked Zampino. “They were fighting words.”
Zampino recalls the time she called Will when she had his 3 year old son at the time and Jada picked up. “Very few times in my life I can recall being checked real hard where I didn’t have nothing to say,” Zampino said. “But you weren’t out of line. You basically let me know, ‘I don’t really appreciate your tone.’ And you hung up on me.”
When things escalated Sheree remembers she said: “I happened to say, ‘B—- you living in the house I picked out,” she recalled. “You said, ‘It’s my house now.’ “
At some point Will stepped in and said: “Will Smith let me have it,” said Jada. “His take was, ‘That is Trey’s mother and that’s just not your place.’ “
The next time the two women saw each other they recalled that they tried to work on their relationship. “You would always say Re, I apologize,” Zampino said. “You always owned it. Thank you for that.”
On a different episode where Will himself appears he said: “[I] had to get up from dinner when I had a realization that I wasn’t with the person I was supposed to be with… I was sitting in a stall and I was crying and laughing uncontrollably, and I knew [Jada] was the woman I was supposed to be with, but I was never getting divorced… I went back out, sat down with Sheree and started going back on with my life,” he said.
Zampino, however, had another idea about their marriage, filing for divorce on Valentine’s Day. Will recalled how he initially refused to go along with it until, she told him, “‘So you’re going to make somebody stay with you who doesn’t love you?” That was the one that got me.’ “