Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been living apart for the past seven years, according to a startling revelation that has shocked fans and followers. This confirms rumors that had been circulating for more than a year after the notorious Oscars slap incident.

In a recent interview with PEOPLE, 52-year-old actress and talk show presenter Jada Pinkett Smith revealed the long-kept secret, illuminating a personal battle that has been going on since 2016. The unexpected disclosure occurs during Jada’s book tour for Worthy, when she opens up about her struggle with depression and provides an intimate look into the nuanced details of her life.

Nevertheless, the couple’s split takes an unexpected turn when Jada says that even if they are living apart, a divorce is not in the cards. “I pledged that there would never be a cause for us to separate. We will resolve whatever comes up. She said, “And I just haven’t been able to break that promise.”

The news adds still another level of complexity to the turbulent events of the previous years, such as Will’s stoic reaction to the public unrest and Jada’s admission of having an affair with rapper August Alsina in 2020. The Smiths emphasize a profound love and a resolve to find out what lies ahead, and they appear dedicated to negotiating the nuances of their relationship in spite of these difficulties.

In 2016, Jada and Will both experienced emotional tiredness, realizing that their expectations of each other were limiting. This was highlighted by Jada’s statement on the Today show. The couple has been characterized as putting in “heavy-duty work” to navigate their relationship and finding a solution that fits with how they are learning to understand each other.

The three Smith children, Trey, 30, Jaden, 25, and Willow, 22, are sources of inspiration and support as they reshape their family relationships. Recognizing the significant influence her kids have had on her path, Jada calls them “little gurus” who personify acceptance and love without conditions.

Although many were surprised to learn about their protracted separation, Will and Jada’s public promise to face the difficulties head-on indicates a resiliency that goes beyond Hollywood’s gloss and glamour. The world observes the Smiths as they continue to negotiate their extraordinary journey, feeling a mixture of empathy, curiosity, and admiration for a couple that is working to redefine marriage norms in the public view.