The two actresses detail their long-standing animosity towards one another.
During this week's episode of Red Table Talk, series creator and co-host Jada Pinkett Smith invited actress Gabrielle Union to simultaneously discuss and rectify their 17-year feud. The two actresses got candid when speaking about their complicated past, and how it pit the two against one another.
"Gabrielle and I were never really girlfriends; we were great associates," Pinkett Smith revealed to her mom Adrienne during the episode's introductory section. "At some point, that dissolved and for 17 years we have not really spoken."
While the exact origins of their hostility towards one another remains elusive (as neither actress can recall the catalyst for their bad-blood,) Union reveals that life coach AJ Johnson helped her realize she had been "communicating through negativity, and shrinking other people [while] hoping that I'm growing."
Pinkett Smith expressed relief over burying the hatchet, noting how it "felt so good on the phone with you to even just go, 'Hey, I'm sorry that I didn't even take the time to talk to you, you know?' And then I had to just apologize, and just thinking to myself, 'Damn, Jada! That was some petty ass s**t!' Every time we would see each other [over the years] we were always cordial and always nice, but it was always tension."
Union recently sat down with Hoda Kotb to further discuss her troublesome relationship with the Girls Trip star. "Jada nor I never used the word 'feud,' so it just became more of a media creation. Kind of like, back in the day, neither one of us actually knows what took place back then," she explained. "But the people that we had around us were like, 'Well, you know how she feels about you,' and they were like, 'Well, you know how she feels about you.' And then it was like, 'OK, girl, bye.' For 17 years."