Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have refused to comment about claims made by Alexis Arquette that the two are gay, but the transgender actress is getting a mouthful about her allegations from one unlikely source – Will’s ex-wife.
Sheree Fletcher posted a four-minute video to Facebook on Thursday tearing apart Alexis’ claims that Will is gay and their marriage ended after Sheree caught him in bed with high-powered Hollywood manager Benny Medina, calling her ‘malicious and reckless and destructive.’
Sheree also shames Alexis for the ‘damage’ her story could have caused to their family, including her son with Will, 23-year-old Trey; and Will and Jada’s two children, 17-year-old Jaden and 15-year-old Willow.
And, to be very clear about Will’s sexuality, she tells Alexis in the video; ‘Will was straight in 1992 and he’s straight in 2016.’
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The shade of it all: Will Smith’s first wife Sheree Fletcher (above) posted a video message to Alexis Arquette on Facebook
Clear the air: Sheree (left with Will in 1993) called out Alexis (right in 2014) for claiming Will was gay and their marriage ended after she found him in bed with another man
The video opens with a very calm and collected Sheree looking into the camera and saying; ‘Alexis Arquette, let’s just be clear: I don’t know you and you don’t know me.
‘So for you to claim you have firsthand knowledge information as to why my marriage didn’t work out is completely out of line.’
Sheree goes on to say; ‘Not only is it out of line, it’s absolutely not true.
‘And I’m offended and I’m hurt that someone would be so malicious and reckless and destructive and use a lie and an untruth to prove a point.’
She then reveals after 20 years why the pair decided to split in 1995 after three years of marriage, informing Alexis it was not because of ‘infidelity’ but rather because she was ‘unhappy.’
‘I didn’t find Will in bed with a man, I didn’t find him in bed with a woman,’ says Sheree.
What Sheree really seems to take issue with however is Alexis’ claim that she was paid to keep quiet about Will’s relationship with Benny.
‘I’ve never been paid to be silent,’ Sheree informs Alexis.
‘I know Will has a lot of money, but Will does not have enough money to take my voice away from me – to deprive me of my story. That wouldn’t happen.’
The entire thing comes to a close with Sheree saying to Alexis; ‘Check your facts – try to actually have some facts – before you start putting untruths out there that can really damage people and damage family.’
Thick as thieves: Sheree also shamed Alexis for the ‘damage’ her story could have caused to her son with Will, Trey, and Will and Jada’s two children (above Jaden, Willow, Will, Jada and Trey in 2013)
Don’t get it twisted: She also told Alexis that the pair split in 1995 after three years of marriage not because of ‘infidelity’ but rather because she was ‘unhappy’ (above Jada, Will and Sheree in November 2014)
Not finished yet: Sheree also blasted Alexis’ claim that Will paid her to be silent saying that she could never be bought (above with Will and Trey at their son’s 21st birthday in 2013)
Sheree’s poised demeanor and decision to speak to Alexis less as someone who started a vicious rumor and more as a petulant child seems to have silenced the transgender actress, who has yet to comment on the video.
Alexis made her allegations about the Smiths and their sexuality on Tuesday in response to Jada’s announcement that she would be boycotting the Oscars over the absence of non-white nominees in the acting categories.
‘When Jada comes out as Gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him **** servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina ..then I will listen to them,’ wrote Alexis.
She then called out Sheree in the comment section, writing: ‘”She” being his FIRST wife. Paid off, silent.’
The post came down soon after, but not before Alexis pointed out why she decided to out the pair, writing of Will; ‘F*** him. Gays have enemies. They lurk in gilded closets. Outing is healthy. You are either with or against us. You decide. Today.’
Alexis – whose famous siblings include Oscar-winner Patricia, Toto muse Rosanna and Scream star David – has not spoken publicly about her claims or said anything about the post since Tuesday.
Motivation: Alexis made her allegations about the Smiths’ sexuality on Tuesday in response to Jada’s announcement she was boycotting the Oscars (above Will and Benny Medina in 2008)
Close: Sheree has a strong relationship with not only Will but also Jada, Jaden and Willow
Sheree coming to the defense of her husband is no real surprise, not just because the pair share a son, but also because they have remained remarkably close over the years.
She also has a strong relationship with Jada and her two children with Will, and frequently posts red carpet photos of the family on her social media account while also attending family events and celebrations with the clan.
Since the pair divorced Sheree has founded the skin care company Sheree Elizabeth LLC and also appeared on the reality show Hollywood Exes for three seasons before it was cancelled in 2014 alongside Nicole Murphy and Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia.
She was remarried in 2007 to former NFL star Terrell Fletcher but the pair split in 2014 after seven years of marriage.