Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed she had a romantic relationship with singer August Alsina while she and Will Smith were going through a temporary separation.
The actress dedicated an entire episode of her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk to discuss Alsina’s allegations they had a romance. She was joined by Smith for Friday’s episode.
“One of the reasons I wanted to come to the table, the media, the headlines, we specifically never said anything,” Smith said as his wife sat across from him. “We were purposely never saying anything. We specifically never said anything. Coming to the table, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something.”
Pinkett Smith added, “It’s a situation that I consider private. This is a very personal journey that became very public.”
“Four and a half years ago… I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends,” she continued. “And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.”
The mother of two said the singer “was really sick” when she and Smith first met him through their son, Jaden.
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“The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,” she said. “We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.”
Smith replied, “I was done with you.”
“We broke up,” she said, clarifying. “We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time.”
“And then what did you do, Jada?” Smith asked.
“From there as time went on I got into a different kind of entanglement with August. One thing I want to clean up… about you giving ‘permission’ which is… the only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself,” she said.
She continued, “But what August was probably trying to communicate because I could see how he could see it as permission because we were separated amicably, and I think he wanted to make it clear he’s not a homewrecker because he’s not.”
Smith asked her to clarify what she meant by “entanglement,” to which she said, “Yes, it was a relationship absolutely.”
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