BEVERLY HILLS, July 10, (THEWILL) – Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith have openly addressed the claim by singer August Alsina, who sensationally said he was in a love relationship with Jada with Will’s approval.
They both appeared on her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” where Jada confirmed her love affair with August but said their relationship occurred when she and Will were privately separated.
“Somebody made a statement for me that wasn’t a statement I made, that went cray-cray,” Jada, 48, began on her Facebook Watch Series “Red Table Talk.”
“I would usually not … you know, that would be something that I wouldn’t comment on at all. It’s a situation I considered private,” she said, with Will, 51, adding, “You just feel like it’s nobody’s business.”
Ultimately, the couple decided to address the controversy because, according to Jada, “people’s feelings are involved” and “there’s a healing that needs to happen.”
The “Girls Trip” actress began by explaining that she and August developed a close friendship four years ago based on her desire to help him through both physical and mental health traumas. Will then added that the Smiths’ relationship to the “No Love” singer was largely based on helping him receive proper medical care.
He needed plenty: In 2014, August collapsed during a concert and was in a coma for three days. The following year, he underwent eye surgery to correct his vision, which he was slowly losing. The singer would later share that he was also diagnosed with liver disease in 2017.
The couple then admits that they privately separated soon after bringing Alsina into their fold, leading Jada — who later admits she’s been drawn to people who seem to need help — to get into “a different kind of entanglement” with the singer, who’s now 27.
Jada denies Will gave her “permission” to see August, but says she understands why the crooner would assume he did. She also knows August wouldn’t want to be perceived as a “homewrecker.”
After admitting to her relationship with the R&B star, Jada claims she was “broken” and looking for fulfillment in others at the time. She also says she and Will began “healing” their own relationship and realized that they simply couldn’t escape each other.
“We did everything we could to get away from each other, only to realize that’s not possible,” Jada told her husband.
Will then jokes about supporting his wife through her “transgressions,” leading Jada to say, “I actually don’t look at it as a transgression at all. Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was really able to confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity — and I was really able to do some really deep healing.”
After Jada decided that she and Will were meant to reconcile, August cut off all communication with the two of them.
*** News report credit: PageSix.