The Will & Jada Effect: The Dangers of Relationship Rumors

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/21/2013 | 02:30 PM EST

How gossip can ruin a relationship

By now, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are no strangers to rumors. Over the years, their marriage has been at the center of many juicy headlines, which range anywhere from infidelity to having an open relationship.

More recently, the tabloids and blogs have been fueling rumors that the Hollywood power couple’s seemingly solid marriage is yet again on the rocks because of some risqué photographs that Will took with his Focus movie co-star Margot Robbie. And while the married couple rarely take the time out to respond to gossip, the rumor got so big that a “source” was obliged to silence the whispers by confirming that the couple was doing “great,” and that Will and Robbie were not hooking up. The Smiths, however, are not new to such rumors, and have for the most part managed to transcend them.

But you don’t have to be a celebrity to be at the receiving end of a relationship rumor. Whether it be derived from a partial truth or completely fabricated, gossip about your relationship can often drive a wedge between you and your partner. Even the strongest of relationships may find it hard to survive a bad rumor, particularly one about infidelity.

Knowing that there are people forming opinions about your relationship based on hearsay can sometimes cause you to become overly concerned with proving others wrong; desperately trying to appear like the perfect couple. Not only does it create an unrealistic expectation, but it prevents you from being free in your relationship, and more so held captive to the perception of others.

Another danger to relationship rumors is that it could create unnecessary paranoia. Sometimes the more you hear a rumor, the more you begin to buy into the hype. Before you know it, you could be checking your partner’s cell phone for any wrongdoing, or second-guessing their every move.

Whether or not Will and Jada’s relationship is on the rocks, they have a great pokerface, and do a pretty good job at giving off the appearance that their relationship is strongly intact. In fact, Jada’s new music video, “Stuck,” with her rock band, Wicked Wisdom, appears to be a direct jab at the so-called rumors about her marriage to Will. In fact, it’s almost as if she’s purposely instigating the matter for the fun of it.

Maybe more people should take a page from the Smiths' book, because whatever they’re doing, it appears to be working.

(Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images)

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