"I feel like maybe your and his shadow separated in a way in this book, whether they stay together forever or not," Barrymore said. "It sounds like you’re staying together forever."
"We’re staying together forever," Pinkett Smith, 52, responded. "I tried. We tried," alluding to the couple’s separation that ultimately didn’t last.
Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures 'Focus' at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Last month, the actress told NBC News’ Hoda Kotb in an exclusive interview that the couple had actually been separated since 2016 and that the two had been living "completely separate lives."
Pinkett Smith said a year ago that she was beginning to write the book, and that it would be an "honest and gripping memoir" that would cover her "complicated marriage to Will Smith," among other topics.
The couple, who have been married since 1997 and share two children together, have still appeared together in public as a united front – including the infamous night at the 2022 Oscars in which Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock.
In her conversation with Kotb, she alluded to "a lot of things" that caused the breakdown of their relationship, and said that come 2016 – years before that night at the Oscars – that she and Will were both "exhausted with trying."
"I think we were both just kind of stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be," she added.
She also said she wasn’t able to bring herself to legally get divorced, despite living separately for the last seven years.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.