Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has finally addressed her alleged romantic relationship with singer August Alsina for the first time on the Red Table Talk show.
The Smiths and Alsina were in the news on July 1st when the singer during an interview with Breakfast Club co-host Angela Yee announced that he had a romantic relationship with Jada.
The 27-year-old alleged that Jada’s actor husband, Will Smith gave him ‘his blessing’ to go into a relationship with his wife, as they were supposedly in an ‘open marriage’.
This subsequently sparked an outrage on social media as many wondered how true his claims were, with expectation of a reaction from the Smiths.
Subsequently, representatives of both Will and Jada in reaction denied his claims of a relationship with Jada which her husband Will consented to, with a with a one-liner response.
Jada later promised to invite herself to her show to properly react to Alsina’s revelation.
Keeping to her promise, the celebrity couple have now addressed this on Friday during an episode of the actress’ Red Table Talk show hosted on Facebook, which she usually hosts alongside her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter, Willow Smith.
She confirmed the relationship with Alsina describing it as an ‘entanglement’ that happened while herself and Will Smith were going through a temporary separation about 4 and half years ago.
Sitting across his wife at the Red Table, Smith said;
One of the reasons I wanted to come to the table, the media, the headlines, we specifically never said anything. 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.
The ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ actor asked Jada the question many longed to get answer to: ‘So what happened Jada?’
Smith revealed she started a close friendship with Alsina about four and a half years ago when her family was trying to help him because he was ‘really sick’ as he battled an auto-immune disease.
It is a situation that I consider private. This is a very personal journey that became very public.
About four and a half years ago, I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends. And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.
The Smiths revealed this friendship with Alsina began when they were going through a tough time in their marriage.
Smith further expressed;
The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health.
We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.
The couple said they ‘basically broke up’ and separated for an indefinite amount of time so they could figure out how to make themselves happy.
Smith asked; “And then what did you do, Jada?”
She responded saying;
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. I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realized that you cannot find happiness outside yourself.
The actress stated;
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 that he is not a homewrecker which he is not.
Smith asked her to clarify what she meant by ‘entanglement,’ to which she said, “Yes, it was a relationship absolutely.”
The ‘Girls Trip’ actress shared that her relationship with Alsina allowed her to grow and heal as she learned things about herself during their time together, including acknowledging a dysfunction that led to her being ‘drawn to people who need help.’
She said she did not view her relationship with Alsina “as a transgression at all.”
Jada noted she has not talked to Alsina in recent years, so she felt it was ‘weird’ that he brought up now their relationship now.
Friday’s conversation was significantly shorter than Smith‘s usual ‘Red Table Talk’ episodes, which usually clocks in around 40 minutes. The episode was about 13 minutes long.
Watch the Red Table Talk discussion video below;
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