The Former Mrs. Will Smith on What It’s Like to Be a ‘Hollywood Ex’
From Will Smith's wife to preacher's wife, Sheree Fletcher shares her thoughts on the new reality show
Nearly two decades have passed since Sheree Fletcher was married to her superstar ex-husband Will Smith. Fletcher has prided herself over the years on putting their son Trey (now 19) first and never playing into the drama that sometimes comes with a blended family. The former Mrs. Will Smith is now remarried to professional-football-player turned-pastor Terrell Fletcher. She's also CEO of her own skincare line and VH1’s newest reality star as a cast member of "Hollywood Exes."
Loop 21 caught up with Fletcher and chatted about putting her life in the public eye, Will Smith’s thoughts on the show, and how she makes it work with Jada.
Loop 21: What made you want to get involved in the show?
Fletcher: I met with the creators of the show, Jeff Dyson and Vernon Lynch, one of Eddie Murphy’s brothers. They wanted to do something positive and bring women together that had similar experiences with the common dominator of having been married to these men. They had my interest with the concept and when they told me who was involved, I said, 'Wow OK.' They made me feel comfortable.
Loop 21: During the first day of filming were your nervous? Was there any hesitancy like, 'What did I get myself into'?
Fletcher: I’m still nervous. You know the thing is, anytime you put yourself out in the public eye, it’s going to be a little scary. I trust God at the end of the day and I feel that this is a necessary step in my path and I’m in great company.
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Fletcher: When I started to date my husband, he was a football player. We have such a good foundation and history, so we trust each other. I don’t think it would be any different if he were still playing football. He’s very much a part of it with me and on the show a good deal. We’re having a good time and again we trust God. We prayed about it, sought some wise counsel and felt good about it before any decision was made.
Loop 21: Although you and Will Smith divorced several years ago, did you still ask him for his blessing to do the show?
Fletcher: Out of respect, yes, I did ask him, since we’re co-parenting. When I decided it was something I was going to do, I reached out and he gave me his blessings and support.
Loop 21: Is your son a part of the show?
Fletcher: My son does make a cameo appearance briefly. He’s 100 % supportive.
Loop 21: Did Jada have an issue with you being on the show?
Fletcher: This is the first time I’ve been asked this question actually and no, I did not talk to Jada about it. However, we’re one unit and when Will sent me his blessing and support, I venture to say it came from the two of them.
Loop 21: There will be a lot of women watching, who may not understand how you’re making a blended family work so well. How do you do it?
Fletcher: After the marriage ended, there’s healing that needs to be done. You have to heal and be a parent at the same time. My advice is to heal at your own time, don’t drag your kids into it. Sometimes you will get emotional, yes, but be smart and really try not to drag your children in. You get to a place and you’re like OK, the marriage didn’t work, but you’re like OK, let’s be the best parents that we can be. You still have to get along to some degree. You have to put your big girl panties on and do the things you need to do and not necessarily the things you want to do.
Loop 21: During the past years of Will becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, you’ve been seen with the family and everyone looks picture perfect. Is it real?
Fletcher: It’s very real; I don’t think any relationship is picture perfect. We work very hard at being the best parents we can be. We call Jada the bonus mom and my husband the bonus dad. The one thing that consistently works is putting the kids first and that’s [a] priority.
Loop 21: You’re known for being a “Hollywood Ex,” but you still have your own ventures going on like your skincare line Whoop Ash. How did it start?
Fletcher: It’s something I started in my kitchen literally. I love experimenting with different products and I noticed a lot of things you eat can actually be great for your skin so I started to cook up some stuff and give it away. I got more curious and got a chemist and we took different products to the market. I’m hoping the show will give me a platform and visibility to take it to another level.
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Loop 21: Speaking of the show, it seems like you and your cast mates really get along. Is it still all smiles when the cameras are turned off?
Fletcher: We really get along and we genuinely like each other. I didn’t know all the ladies going in, I knew Jessica [Canseco] and Nicole [Murphy]. I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be great. We’re done filming and we miss each other already.
Loop 21: You’ve filmed an entire season; now looking back on it, do you have any regrets or a moment you wish you could take back?
Fletcher: There’s no moment I wish I could take back. Now here’s the thing, you don’t know how it’s going to be put together, but ask me this question after the season has aired. Right now, no. I have a lot of real moments and I’m not perfect.
Loop 21: If there’s a season two and they ask you to come back, will you?
Fletcher: Yes, I would.
Loop 21: What’s the one thing you hope women gain from this watching the show?
Fletcher: Encouragement that they can do it too. Divorce is never easy; it’s a hard process no matter who you’re married to. I think women need women and all of us need healing on some level. I hope they look at us and say, 'They got through it. They’re not perfect, but they’re OK.' I want it to be inspiring to be a push to do something they want to do but they’re afraid to do. I want the show to make some woman out there say, 'Wow, you know what, I can do that too.'