Will Smith opened up for one of the most vulnerable profiles of his career when sitting down for a feature with GQ ahead of the release of his memoir.
In one portion of the interview, the Oscar-nominated actor revealed secretive details from his meetings with his intimacy coach, Michaela Baum, which involved his desire for a harem of girlfriends including some fellow celebrities.
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When asked by Baum to name specific people, Smith mentioned his lust for actress Halle Berry and ballet savant Misty Copeland.
“I don’t know where I saw it or some shit as a teenager, but the idea of traveling with 20 women that I loved and took care of and all of that, it seemed like a really great idea,” the Philly legend candidly said.
The plan allegedly reached a point where they were getting ready to reach out to the potential women but then Will Smith realized this was all part of a mental exercise.
“What she was doing was essentially cleaning out my mind, letting it know it was okay to be me and be who I was,” he explained.
Being deeply connected to his faith, Will Smith had to unlearn that his thoughts of being attracted to Halle Berry were sins.
“It was okay to think Halle is fine,” the 53-year-old said. “It doesn’t make me a bad person that I’m married and I think Halle is beautiful. Whereas in my mind, in my Christian upbringing, even my thoughts were sins. That was really the process that Michaela worked me through to let me realize that my thoughts were not sins and even acting on an impure thought didn’t make me a piece of shit.”
Smith admitted that while their marriage started out as monogamous, that isn’t the case anymore.
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” he said. “Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.
“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison. We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.”