"Divorce just can't be an option. It's really that simple – if you just remove the option. Because if you have the option, one day that person's going to make you want a divorce. You absolutely get to the point that you're done, and the only thing that keeps you continuing is that there's no other option."
It really isn't very often you hear so much wisdom come from a man in Hollywood. I continue to be impressed with Will Smith's career, but lately I have been much more fascinated by his personal life. In addition to his appearance on Ellen, I read an interview from Reader's Digest shortly before his film The Pursuit of Happyness was released:
RD: You and Jada have been married nine years and, by all accounts, are very happy. What's the key?
Smith: Communication. And divorce cannot be an option.
RD: Your first marriage ended in divorce.
Smith: That is probably the most painful loss of my life. I quit. I could have fixed it. It really was not that bad.
RD: Some would say there's no reason to stay if a marriage isn't good.
Smith: Once you say that, you've lost. With Jada, I stood up in front of God and my family and friends and said, "Till death do us part." So there are two possible outcomes: We are going to be together till death, or I am dead.
To read more of the Reader's Digest interview, click here. If you're up to watching some of the Ellen interview, definitely watch the video below. It's a two-parter, and I've posted the second part because he's got some very grounded insights on many different areas of life. There is a moment around the 4:35 mark that has a lot to do with the subject of this previous post.