American actor Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that she was having an affair with singer August Alsina, while she was married to Will Smith. She said that about four and a half years ago when their marriage was going through a rough patch, and she was separated from Smith with the intention to divorce, she had a relationship with Alsina.
During a conversation with her husband Will Smith on his Facebook Watch series, ‘Red Table Talk’, Pinkett explained, “I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends.” She added that she wanted to help the musician with his mental state and found resources to help pull him through a troubling time.
The actor revealed, “I got into a different kind of entanglement with August. It was a relationship, absolutely. I was in a lot of pain. I was very broken. In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. I would definitely say we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”
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She also questioned why Alsina would bring the episode up again, saying he had broken off communication with her. She also denied the idea that Smith had given her permission for the affair. Alsina was quoted in an interview as saying the actor had given his “blessing.”
“The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” Pinkett Smith said and added, “I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably. And I think he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a homewrecker, because he’s not,” she said.
The two have been married since 1997 and have two children, Jaden and Willow. They appeared uncomfortable at times during their exchanges on the talk show.
At one point in the conversation they said, “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.” It had a reference to a catchphrase in Smith’s Bad Boys franchise.