Jada Pinkett-Smith & Gabrielle Union face each other to set the record straight about 17-year feud

Monica Otayza
May 29, 2018
08:02 A.M.
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union are finally ready to put their past behind them after 17 long years. In the latest episode of Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" Facebook Watch show, they finally spoke about the miscommunication that led them not to speak to one another for almost two decades. 


While neither Jada, 46, nor Gabrielle, 45, could pinpoint what it was that had them not speaking, they felt the tension with one another ever since then. 

In the episode, Pinkett opens up to her mother and co-host, Adrienne Banfield Jones, 64. 

"Gab and I, we had a bit of a break, we don't know how, and she's been open to this healing, she's been open to this conversation."


Before Gabrielle agreed to go on the show, Smith called her to invite her on the "Girlfriends" episode after not speaking for a very long time. In the episode, Jada explains how it felt so good that they've finally caught up with one another. 

“It felt so good on the phone with you to even just go, ‘Hey, I’m sorry that I didn’t even take the time to talk to you,’ you know?” Pinkett Smith explained to Union. “And then I had to just apologize and just thinking to myself, ‘Damn, Jada! That was some petty ass s–t!’ But at the same time going, ‘Well, that’s where you were then. Thank God you’re someplace else now.'”


In the drama-filled episode, Union opened up to her long-lost friend about hitting rock bottom after she divorced her first husband, former NFL player Chris Howard. The actress has found love once again when she married NBA superstar Dwyane Wade in 2014. 


When asked about the moment everything clicked and decided to make a change in her life, Union said that she hit rock bottom. 

"“I had to hit rock bottom, I had to lose everything. For me that was my first marriage, going through the divorce process. I lost my show, my show was cancelled. And I was having difficult relationships with my BFFs, my day ones. And it was everyone’s fault but my own.”

After Gab "literally found [herself] under [her] bed with [her] dog", she started working with trainer, life coach, and actress A.J. Johnson. 

Jada Pinkett-Smith was the first to address the feud between the two actresses in April, when she was promoting her new Facebook Watch talk show "Red Table Talk". 


“I have a really touching episode with Gabrielle Union. We haven’t been on the best of terms for 17 years and we have a reconciliation.”

Claiming that the two don't even know how the feud started, she confirmed that it was definitely over. 

Union followed suit a month after when she appeared on the "Today" show in early May. 

“Jada nor I ever used the word feud… Back in the day, neither one of us knew originally what took place back then, but the people that we had around us were like, ‘Well, you know how she feels about you,’"


Not used to confrontation, the two girls let perceptions get the best of them and they ended up not talking for a whole 17 years. 

"And then it was like, ‘Okay, girl, bye’ for 17 years. And even though we’re both very outspoken women, we’re both activists, our husbands are friends, we both felt we had too much pride and too much insecurities to actually say, ‘Hey, did that ever happen or was that a creation of someone else who did not want to see two women rise together?’"


While that 'feud' took long enough to die out, 17 years to be exact, the two actresses are glad to finally be able to call each other friends again after all these years.