Fans stunned after Jada Pinkett-Smith calls husband Will by his real name in birthday post

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By Asiya Ali

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Some people have been sharing their surprise on social media after just finding out what Will Smith's real name is.

On Monday (September 25), Jada Pinkett Smith marked her husband's 55th birthday by taking to Instagram to share a lovely post commemorating him.

The Red Table Talk host, 52, accompanied the heartfelt tribute with a throwback black-and-white family photo of the couple with Will's oldest son Trey - whom he shares with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino - as well as the couple's two children: Jaden and Willow.

"Willard I am so glad you were born on this day," Jada penned. "Without you, I would not have experienced the greatest joy of my life… the love of our family."

She further expressed her gratitude for the "wells of laughter along the trails of tears we’ve shared" on their "divine assignment," thanking Will for teaching her how to embrace it all "with a smile".

"Here’s to 100+ more birthdays full of growth, acceptance, and joy," she concluded the heartwarming tribute.

Check out her post below:

However, only one aspect of the Girl's Trip actress's lengthy Instagram caption caught the attention of her 11.4 million followers - Will's real name is Willard Carroll Smith II.

Some online users were so stunned by the discovery that they took to the comment section to express their disbelief over the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum's name.

One shocked person commented under the post: "I was today years old when I found out his first name is 'Willard' not 'William.'"

Another user joked: "Who is Willard? did they have another kid?"

A third user on X echoed the same sentiment: "Wdym (what do you mean) 'Willard?'. I thought it [was] WILLIAM????"

A fourth added: "Willard just threw me all the way off."

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Credit: Albert L. Ortega / Getty

All jokes aside, September proves a busy month for the Smith family, as Jada's heartwarming birthday post to her husband of 28 years - whom she met on the set of Fresh Prince in 1994 - comes after he shared a beautiful tribute post for her birthday last Monday (September 18).

In celebration of her special day, the Academy-award winner posted a gallery of photos that highlighted moments from the actress's birthday parties over the years, including one when he asked rapper Rakim to perform at her 30th birthday bash.

"Happy Birthday, Mamita! I’ve been to 28 of your birthday parties. (I don’t know if we’re ever gonna top the one that Rakim performed at… but here’s to a Lifetime of trying!) #WalkingEachOtherHome," Will wrote in the caption of that post.

Interestingly, comments for Will's post were turned off while those for Jada's were limited.

Nevertheless, happy belated birthday to one of Hollywood's longtime couples!

Featured image credit: Amy Sussman / Getty

Fans stunned after Jada Pinkett-Smith calls husband Will by his real name in birthday post

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By Asiya Ali

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Some people have been sharing their surprise on social media after just finding out what Will Smith's real name is.

On Monday (September 25), Jada Pinkett Smith marked her husband's 55th birthday by taking to Instagram to share a lovely post commemorating him.

The Red Table Talk host, 52, accompanied the heartfelt tribute with a throwback black-and-white family photo of the couple with Will's oldest son Trey - whom he shares with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino - as well as the couple's two children: Jaden and Willow.

"Willard I am so glad you were born on this day," Jada penned. "Without you, I would not have experienced the greatest joy of my life… the love of our family."

She further expressed her gratitude for the "wells of laughter along the trails of tears we’ve shared" on their "divine assignment," thanking Will for teaching her how to embrace it all "with a smile".

"Here’s to 100+ more birthdays full of growth, acceptance, and joy," she concluded the heartwarming tribute.

Check out her post below:

However, only one aspect of the Girl's Trip actress's lengthy Instagram caption caught the attention of her 11.4 million followers - Will's real name is Willard Carroll Smith II.

Some online users were so stunned by the discovery that they took to the comment section to express their disbelief over the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum's name.

One shocked person commented under the post: "I was today years old when I found out his first name is 'Willard' not 'William.'"

Another user joked: "Who is Willard? did they have another kid?"

A third user on X echoed the same sentiment: "Wdym (what do you mean) 'Willard?'. I thought it [was] WILLIAM????"

A fourth added: "Willard just threw me all the way off."

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Credit: Albert L. Ortega / Getty

All jokes aside, September proves a busy month for the Smith family, as Jada's heartwarming birthday post to her husband of 28 years - whom she met on the set of Fresh Prince in 1994 - comes after he shared a beautiful tribute post for her birthday last Monday (September 18).

In celebration of her special day, the Academy-award winner posted a gallery of photos that highlighted moments from the actress's birthday parties over the years, including one when he asked rapper Rakim to perform at her 30th birthday bash.

"Happy Birthday, Mamita! I’ve been to 28 of your birthday parties. (I don’t know if we’re ever gonna top the one that Rakim performed at… but here’s to a Lifetime of trying!) #WalkingEachOtherHome," Will wrote in the caption of that post.

Interestingly, comments for Will's post were turned off while those for Jada's were limited.

Nevertheless, happy belated birthday to one of Hollywood's longtime couples!

Featured image credit: Amy Sussman / Getty