Willow Smith Opens Up About Being Polyamorous
Willow Smith opened up about being polyamorous in Wednesday episode of Red Table Talk. The singer described her own experiences to her mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith and grandmother, Adrienne Bandfield-Norris.
“It’s about being able to have the freedom to create a relationship for yourself,” Smith said.
“With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the the right thing to do,” the 20-year-old added. “So I was like, how can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind? Also, doing research into polyamory, the main reasons why monogamous relationships—or why marriage—why divorces happen is infidelity.”
Gammy tries to understand Willow's decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle – seeking multiple intimate partners at the same time. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy. Poly Solo Gabrielle Smith and her married boyfriend Alex come to the Table to reveal how their multiple-partner approach to relationships works, especially with his wife.
Posted by Red Table Talk on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
“If (people) believe it can only end up in unhappiness, well, many unhappy polyamorous people end up in my office, it’s true, as do many unhappy monogamous people,” family and marriage therapist Sheila Addison said.
Addison then defined what polyamory means, to not get it confused with polygamy (the practice of having “multiple wives”). “It usually describes a particular approach to consensual non-monogamy that prioritized ongoing emotional and sexual connections with multiple partners.”
Polyamory came into vogue in the 1960s and 1970s through the counterculture and sexual liberation moments of the time.
“As long as you are learning to have the greatest love affair with Willow, I’m ok with whatever you do,” Pinkett-Smith said.
In 2019, Pinkett-Smith revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that Smith was “very curious about the whole polyamory thing.”