Sheree Zampino admits she didn’t agree with her ex-husband Will Smith and his new wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, when they started co-parenting their son, Trey Smith.
The contractor explained on David Yontef’s “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast that it was not always “easy” or “pretty” to determine each person’s place in the blended family.
Zampino, 54, and Will, 53, were married for three years before breaking up in 1995. Two years later, the actor married Jada, 50.
With “three different dynamics, three different personalities and [three] different belief systems,” Zampino explained that “there were times” when they all disagreed about how to coexist while raising the now 29-year-old Trey.
“My thing was with Jada – it was like, as long as she treated him well, it was okay,” said Zampino, who joined ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ as a friend of Garcelle Beauvais.
She further acknowledged that the “Red Table Talk” host has always “dealt with [Trey] good” and “I liked it”. Trey was only 5 years old when Will and Jada got married.
“Then sometimes moms get jealous,” Zampino confessed. “It’s like, ‘I get jealous of another woman because she treats my child, right? What? That’s crazy! Don’t you want to she’s treating your child, isn’t she? »
Zampino detailed that his “heart is always for [her] child”, something she learned from her own mother.
“My child comes first. He really does,” she shared. “So it’s not about me anymore. You know, [his father and I are] not together. It’s not about me. It’s about him.
Zampino was delighted to learn that Will and Jada shared the same outlook, which was tested when the couple welcomed their own children together: son Jaden Smith, 24, and daughter Willow Smith, 21.
“Then Jaden comes, then Willow. This is on these babies. So how do we do that where we honor them and we put them first and we don’t deprive them of any good thing,” Zampino recalled, explaining that “the good thing” referred to children’s relationships with each other and with all three parental figures.
“We just got to go, and I’m grateful for that,” she shared, though she noted she couldn’t “really elaborate on why” or how.
“But I’m grateful that we’re all on the same frequency and on the same page to really want to do this, which is probably why we’re called to each other in this space,” she continued.
“Anyone could have been Trey’s mother. Anyone could have been Jaden and Willow’s mother. But the fact that He chose all three of us – Him being God – I think that’s why we were able to do it and show it to the world.
Even when there are unavoidable bumps along the road, Zampino said she and the Smiths “get back on that horse” because they’re all finally on board.
“It’s about the family. It’s about the children. We have a responsibility to them,” she concluded.
Zampino and Will remained on good terms after their 1995 divorce.
The reality TV star himself congratulated his ex when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard’.