Sheree Zampino has fallen out with ex Will Smith over co-parenting

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.

Trey Smith and Sheree Zampino at the 2005 BET Awards
Zampino and Smith have one child together, 29-year-old son Trey Smith.

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?’”

Will Smith and Sheree Zampino at the 1992 NAACP Image Awards
Will and Zampino were married for three years from 1992 to 1995.
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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.”

Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith married in 1997 and share two children, Jaden and Willow.

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.

Trey Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith at the premiere of Disney's
Zampino said Jada “treated [Trey] good” and “loved him”.
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“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.”

Trey Smith at the opening night of the Eddie Murphy X ARTUS Gallery exhibition at the East Angel Gallery in February 2020
Trey is Zampino’s only child.
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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.

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