“You have three different dynamics, three different personalities and different belief systems, and a different way of doing things.”
Sherri Zampino is getting real about co-parenting with ex-husband Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
While appearing on Monday’s episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” podcast, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, who appears on the series as “Friend Of,” opened up about his co-parenting son, Trey, now 29, With Will, as well as the “different dynamics” between her, Will and Jada.
Sherry, 54, and Will, 50, married in 1992 and welcomed their son Trey that year. They later separated in 1994. Meanwhile, Will and Jada, 50, tied the knot in 1997, and shared two children together: Jaden, 24, and Willow, 21.
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On the podcast, host David Yontief asked Sherry how she managed to maintain close relationships with Will, Jada and their family over the years, noting how the Bravo star appeared on the first episode of Jada’s “Red Table Talk.”
The podcast host said of Sherry’s good parenting relationship with the couple, “How does it happen? It’s so hard,” to which Sherry replies, “I wouldn’t say it’s easy. I think early on — like from the start — I learned this from my mother: My heart is always for my child.” My baby comes first. He really does it. He comes first so it’s no longer about me.”
And she continued, “How do we do this where we are honored? [the kids] And we put them first and we don’t deprive them of anything good—the good thing is the relationship they have with each other, the relationship they have with me, the relationship my son has with Jada.”
“We were able to go there and I’m grateful for that,” she added. “I can’t really give details of why, but I’m thankful that we were kind of on the same frequency and on the same page because we really want to do that and that’s probably why we called each other up in this space.”
Although Sherry noted that it’s not always easy, she said “When you have mutual respect, it becomes easier.” She added, “With Jada it was like as long as she was treated [Trey] Well, we’re fine. We are ok. She treated him well and loved him.”
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However, the entrepreneur revealed that she, Will and Jada still had “shocking heads” in the past.
“You have three different dynamics, three different personalities and different belief systems, and a different way of doing things,” she said. “And there were times when we bumped our heads and it wasn’t pretty. But listen, we’re back on that horse and getting on with the work. We do what we have to do because again, at the end of the day, it’s about the kids. We have a responsibility to them.”
Meanwhile, Yontief talked about how Cherie attended the 2022 Oscars, where Will has now infamously slapped Chris Rock. “I’m not talking to you about this David,” Sherry said with a laugh, before Yontief praised “King Richard,” for which Will won an Oscar for Best Actor. Sherry agreed, calling the film “incredible.”
Whoop Ash also shared her thoughts on setting Will and Jada on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Sherri appeared as a guest on seasons 10 and 11 of “RHOBH”, before becoming the “girlfriend” of Housewives for season 12, which is currently airing.
“I hope they don’t [watch], but you never knew. “You never know,” said Sherry.
As for whether she would reach out to them to watch the show, she joked, “I don’t know how I feel about texting Will and Jada saying, ‘I’ll be on the show for about four minutes, can you watch the full 44?'” I don’t feel called upon to do so. “