Jada Pinkett Smith explains why it's 'uncomfortable' and 'hard' to maintain a healthy sex life with Will Smith

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arriving at the world premiere of "Focus" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2015 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP
  • Jada Pinkett Smith described difficulties maintaining a healthy relationship with Will Smith.

  • She said they held each other accountable to understand what both wanted from their sex life.

  • Last month, Will Smith described his marriage as open, saying marriage "can't be a prison."

Jada Pinkett Smith explained why maintaining a healthy sex life with her husband, Will Smith, was difficult.

In a recent episode of "Red Table Talk" with the guest Gwyneth Paltrow, Pinkett Smith came clean about the realities of her sex life.

"It's hard," Pinkett Smith said of her physical relationship with Smith.

"The thing Will and I talk about a lot is the journey," she said. "We started in this at a very young age, you know, 22 years old. That's why the accountability part really hit for me because I think you expect your partner to know [what you need], especially when it comes to sex."

The couple wed in 1997 and have two children (Jaden and Willow). As Insider's Olivia Singh previously reported, both Smith and Pinkett Smith have been vocal about how their relationship has evolved and why they don't refer to each other as married anymore.

Last month, Smith told GQ the couple weren't monogamous, saying his wife "never believed in conventional marriage."

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Smith and Pinkett Smith. Steve Granitz / Getty

During her discussion with Paltrow, Pinkett Smith said: "It's like, 'Well, if you love me, you should know. If you love me, you should read my mind.' That's a huge pitfall."

"Someone doesn't read your mind, and we feel crushed," Paltrow chimed in. "Where do we get that from?"

"You tell me what you need - tell me what you want, and on top of it, I know that I have to be accountable to do the same," Smith said, adding: "I really try."

"It's uncomfortable, but it's deeply healthy," she said. "And I think around sex, because it's something that we don't talk about and there's so much fantasy around it."

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