Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not calling it quits this summer.
That’s the first thing you need to know. The actors, who have been married for 17 years, were the subject of breakup rumors on Monday after a RadarOnline report claimed the pair had quietly worked out a $240 million deal to “split at the end of the summer.”
The site Gossip Cop was quickly on the case, saying it just wasn’t true.
Of course, that didn’t stop the chatter, which seemed to grow as the day went on. It’s not the first time such a story about one of Hollywood’s highest-profile couples has surfaced, and here are a few reasons why we need it to stop:
Will Smith has better things to do than respond to your worries.
Smith hasn’t had the greatest luck at the box office in the past few years (we still aren’t over 2008’s “Seven Pounds”), and we need him to focus on getting back on track. He’s super-talented, and fans are looking forward to his upcoming projects, including “Suicide Squad” and “Bad Boys 3.”
Having to jump on his Facebook page like he did Monday to say “I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself!” is just a distraction.
There are children involved!
The couple are parents to teens Jaden and Willow (as well as Will’s son, Trey, from an earlier marriage), so let’s be sensitive to what these breakup rumors do to them.
Actually, we know what they do, as we could hear Willow laughing all the way from Twitter when she let it be known how ridiculous she thought the whole story had become.
Jada Pinkett Smith is doing important work.
We’d much rather talk about the actress’ efforts to end human trafficking within the United States. This summer, she partnered with CNN to expose the billion-dollar industry of child sex trafficking as part of the CNN Freedom Project.
There are other celebrity couples who are actually breaking up.
While folks were scouring the internet for details on a Smith breakup, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale as well as Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock were actually splitting.
Don’t let yourself be distracted.
After nearly 13 years of marriage, rockers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are splitting up.
The music power couple, who wed in 2002, said in a statement Monday that they’re planning to divorce.
“While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment,” the statement said.
“To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time.”
Country singer Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced Monday that they would split after 26 years of marriage.
In a joint statement, they said that they have been separated for a few months. Blackstock is McEntire’s manager.
“Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other. They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time,” the statement read.
McEntire, 60, was born in Oklahoma. She shot to fame in the 1980s with such hits as “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” “Somebody Should Leave” and “Walk On.” She’s also made a name for herself as an actress, starting in the TV sitcom “Reba.”
Blackstock and McEntire share one son.