Jada Pinkett Smith marked her husband Will Smith’s 55th birthday on Monday by dedicating a sweet social media post to the Oscar winner.
Uploading a throwback photo of herself, Will, and children Trey, Jaden and Willow, 52-year-old Jada said she was ‘so glad’ her husband was born and thanked Will for ‘helping her to embrace life’.
But one aspect of Matrix star Jada’s lengthy Instagram caption really caught the attention of her 11.4million followers – Will’s real name.
Jada started her post by saying: ‘Willard, I am so glad you were born on this day,’ and before long social media users took to the comment section to express their disbelief over the Men in Black actor’s name.
‘I was today years old when I found out his first name is “Willard” not “William”,’ said one person, with another echoing, ‘I was today years old when I found out Will was short for Willard. HBD.’
Another questioned: ‘Who tf is “Willard?”’ while someone else quipped, ‘Am I the only one who thought his name was William this whole time?’
‘I was like, “who tf is Willard?”,’ chimed in another Instagrammer.
Will was in fact born Willard Carroll Smith II in Philadelphia on September 25, 1968.
Jada’s full post read: ‘Willard. I am so glad you were born on this day. Without you I would not have experienced the greatest joy of my life… the love of our family.
‘On this Divine assignment we’ve chosen to walk together, I am grateful for the wells of laughter along the trails of tears we’ve shared.’
She sweetly concluded: ‘Thank you for helping me learn to embrace it all … with a smile. Here’s to 100+ more birthdays full of growth, acceptance and joy.’
Will and Jada wed in 1997 and share 22-year-old daughter Willow and son Jaden, 25.
Will is also a doting dad to Trey, 30, who he shares with his ex-wife Sheree Zamino.
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