Will Smith, 53, admits he 'fell in love' with co-star Stockard Channing, 77, while he was married to first wife

WILL Smith has admitted he "fell in love" with his costar Stockard Channing while still married to his first wife Sheree Zampino.

The actor, 53, found himself "desperately yearning" for Sheree, 77, when they'd finished filming the 1993 movie Six Degrees Of Separation.

At the time, Will had just welcomed his first child, son Trey (now 29) with Sheree.

In his new memoir Will, the father-of-three opened up about the emotional turmoil he felt at the time.

"Sheree and I were in the first few months of our marriage with a brand-new baby and for Sheree, I can imagine that this experience was unsettling to say the least," he wrote in an excerpt obtained by People.

"She'd married a guy named Will Smith and now she was living with a guy named Paul Poitier," his character's name in the movie. "And to make matters worse, during shooting I fell in love with Stockard Channing."

The Fresh Prince star added: "After the film wrapped, Sheree and Trey and I moved back to L.A. Our marriage was off to a rocky start. I found myself desperately yearning to see and speak to Stockard."

Six Degrees Of Separation is a comedy drama about a New York-based art dealing couple whose world is flipped when Will's character enters their lives.

Will and Sheree divorced in 1995 and he married Jada Pinkett two years later. They share two children together – son Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21. 

This isn't the first time Will has discussed his feelings for Stockard.


Back in 2015, he told Esquire: "With Six Degrees of Separation, I got a taste early of the dangers of going too far for a character.

"My character was in love with Stockard Channing's character. And I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing. Will Smith.

"So the movie was over and I went home, and I was dying to see Stockard. I was like, 'Oh no! What have I done?'

"That was my last experience with Method acting, where you're reprogramming your mind. You're actually playing around with your psychology. You teach yourself to like things and to dislike things."

Meanwhile, Jada was recently slammed for "dissing" her sex life with Will, with fans urging the couple to get divorced.

She had previously discussed her "entanglement" with rapper August Alsina last year.

Jada opened up on her Red Table Talk show to guest Gwyneth Paltrow about her sex life with Will this week.


During the discussion, Jada expressed exasperation over not getting what she “wants” in the bedroom and her husband being unable to always know what she likes.

The actress was blasted by fans on Twitter as they told her to stop putting Will down and to stop sharing every personal aspect of their lives.

"It's hard," Jada admitted on the show. "The thing Will and I talk about a lot is the journey. We started in this at a very young age, you know, 22 years old."

She continued: "That's why the accountability part really hit for me because I think you expect your partner to know [what you need], especially when it comes to sex.

"It's like, 'Well, if you love me, you should know. If you love me, you should read my mind.' That's a huge pitfall."

In the past they have alluded to having an “unconventional” union, with Jada once saying they are free to “do whatever they want” in their “grown relationship”.

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