Sheree Zampino admits she didn’t see eye-to-eye with ex-husband Will Smith and his new wife Jada Pinkett Smith when they first started co-parenting their son Trey Smith.
The entrepreneur explained on David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast that figuring out everyone’s place in the blended family isn’t always “easy” or “pretty.”
Zampino, 54, and Will, 53, were married for three years before calling it quits 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 on how to live together while raising Trey, now 29.
“My thing was with Jada — it was like, as long as she treats him well, we’re good,” said Zampino, who joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a friend of Garcelle Beauvais.
She further admitted that the Red Table Talk host always “treated.” [Trey] good” and “loved him”. Trey was only 5 years old when Will and Jada got married.
“Then sometimes moms get jealous,” Zampino admitted. “It’s like, ‘I get jealous of another woman because she treats my child right? What? That’s crazy! Not you want you to treat your child right?’”
Zampino explained that her “heart is always for it [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 is not about me. It’s about him.”
Zampino was delighted to learn that Will and Jada shared the same sentiment, which was put to the test when the couple welcomed their own children together: son Jaden Smith, 24, and daughter Willow Smith, 21.
“Then comes Jaden, then Willow. It is about these babies. So how do we do that, where we honor them and put them first and don’t withhold anything good from them,” Zampino recalled, explaining that “the good” relates to the children’s relationships with one another and with all three parent figures.
“We were just able to go there, and I’m grateful for that,” she shared, though she noted she “couldn’t really give specifics as to why” or how.
“But I’m grateful that we were kind of all on the same frequency and on the same page to really want to do this, which is probably why we’re called to one another 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 the three of us – he’s God – I think that’s why we were able to do it and show the world.”
Even when there are inevitable bumps in the road, Zampino said she and the Smiths “get back on that horse” because ultimately they all agree.
“It’s about the family. It’s about the kids. We have a responsibility to them,” she concluded.
Zampino and Will have remained on good terms since their divorce in 1995.
The reality star even congratulated her ex when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard.