‘It’s For Ratings: Ana Navarro Accuses Jada Pinkett Smith’s Of Using Separation Announcement To Make Money

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Jada Pinkett Smith’s breakup announcement, in Ana Navarro‘s opinion, was truly made to make money rather than to express her true feelings.

“I think she’s having a relationship with her bank account,” Navarro, 51, said of Pinkett Smith, 52, on the Wednesday, October 11, episode of The View. “Because every time she needs to increase the ratings of the Red Table [Talk], every time she needs to sell books, she drops these bombshells.”

Navarro added, “I find it unseemly, and I will tell you this: Be careful of anybody who pretends to have a perfect marriage.”

The co-host of a talk show made her comments following Pinkett Smith’s admission that she and husband Will Smith had actually been living apart since 2016 while promoting her new book, Worthy.

“I made a promise that there will never be a reason to get a divorce. We will work through whatever. And I just haven’t been able to break that promise,” said Pinkett Smith to Hoda Kotb in a Today show interview that aired on Wednesday, admitting, “We live separately.”

Jada Pinkett Smith. Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic

Navarro, meanwhile, asked her fellow View cohosts, “Why do I know so much about these people’s marriages? I kind of feel like I know more about their marriage than I know about my own damn marriage.”

Sunny Hostin disagreed with Navarro and said she finds Pinkett Smith and Smith’s constant ups and downs to be “fascinating.” Hostin, 54, contended that because it is a memoir, the Girls Trip star had the right to disclose the specifics of her relationship.

“When she writes in her memoir that they’ve been separated for all of that time, I think it’s a very brave thing to do, a very courageous thing to do,” Hostin opined. “I think it has less to do with money. She has plenty of money.”

Smith, 55, and Pinkett Smith, who are parents to Jaden, 25, and Willow, 22, have been through many difficulties together. Smith also shares son Trey, 30, with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino.

Will and Pinkett Smith Getty Images

Despite their issues, Pinkett Smith revealed on the Today show that she was not “ready” to divorce Smith when they took time apart. “[We were] still trying to figure out between the two of us how to be in partnership, right, and in regards to how do we present that to people, you know?” she explained. “And we hadn’t figured that out.”