What do you get your husband for his 50th birthday when he doesn’t like material things? Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on Thursday that for Will Smith’s milestone birthday last September, he asked for just one gift: for Pinkett Smith to jump out of an airplane.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Pinkett Smith explained how she ended up doing the stunt in 2018 when he pulled out a photo of her preparing to jump. “Why would a human being do this?” Fallon quipped. She replied, “You know, that was my question, but your friend, Will Smith, turned 50. And so he said, ‘The only thing I want for my birthday, a birthday gift from you, is for you to jump out of a plane.'”
Although she wasn’t thrilled about the idea of skydiving, Pinkett Smith admitted, “It’s hard to find things for Will because he doesn’t necessarily like objects, so he doesn’t like material stuff. So I was like, ‘Man, if that’s what you really want, then daggonit, I’ll do it.’ I did it for his 50th because that’s what he wanted.”
When it came time for the jump, she added, “He’s watching me, and I’m going, ‘Why would a husband ask his wife to jump out of a plane for his 50th? Unless he’s got some different planes for the next half.’”
Jokes aside, Pinkett Smith said she wasn’t scared when it came time to jump. “I was kind of anxious before, and I just knew I was going to freak out once I got on the plane,” she said. “Because I don’t like heights and I don’t like planes. I don’t like to fly. I hate it actually. I was like, ‘Jada, this is going to be a test for you, just as far as how you can keep your composure and in regards to your faith.’”
Of course, that doesn’t mean she’d do it again. “No. I did it once for his 50th. We’re done!” she told Fallon.
For his part, Smith also jumped from a plane for his 50th birthday, though in a slightly more dramatic fashion. According to Entertainment Tonight, Smith agreed to jump from a helicopter into the Grand Canyon when the YouTube channel Yes Theory challenged him to perform the stunt. He made the jump to benefit Global Citizen, an organization that works to combat poverty and hunger worldwide. Unlike Pinkett Smith’s jump, Smith live-streamed his on YouTube.
Pinkett Smith and Smith have been very outspoken about the unconventional parts of their marriage, as well as the struggles and the triumphs. It seems like jumping from planes may be just another way that they experience life together and show their love, which is honestly kind of wonderful.