Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with her husband Will Smith, this Friday, on her own Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, to finally address recent rumors regarding an affair with musician August Alsina.
August Alsina stirred up a controversy on June 30. The R&B singer claimed in an interview with radio host Angela Yee that he had been romantically involved with Pinkett Smith. Alsina added that Will Smith had given them his blessing, implying that the couple have an open marriage. At the time, reps for the actress issued a statement saying the claims were “absolutely not true.” However, it seems like that’s not the case.
“There’s some healing that needs to happen”
On July 2, Jada tweeted: “There’s some healing that needs to happen. So I’m bringing myself to The Red Table.”
On Friday’s episode of Red Table Talk, the actress admitted to having a relationship with Alsina. She went on to clarify that it took place during a period of separation between her and her husband, Will Smith. Pinkett Smith also explained that her relationship with Alsina initially started off platonically. However, it later blossomed into a stronger relationship at a time where she did not think she would be reuniting with her husband.
“It was about four and half years ago that I started a friendship with August. And we actually became really, really good friends. It all started with him just needing some help. Me wanting to help his health, his mental state. From there you and I were going through a difficult time. We basically broke up,” the actress said to her husband who was sitting across the table from her.
“I just wanted to feel good”
Jada revealed that the relationship was a result of her wanting to feel good. “I just wanted to feel good,” Pinkett Smith said. “It had been so long since I felt good. And it was really a joy to just help heal somebody.” The Girls Trip star recalled the time she and her family first met Alsina about four and a half years ago.
“I think that has a lot to do with my co-dependency which is another thing that I had to learn to break in this cycle.” Pinkett Smith continued. “Just that idea of needing to fix and being drawn to people that need help, whether it’s your health or it’s your addictions. There’s something about that childhood trauma that feels as though it can be fixed through fixing people. Versus fixing me. And I think that that whole process with August really showed me that, and I’m really grateful for that lesson.”
“I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken.”
Jada and Will got emotional as they recalled the time they decided to separate. “We decided we were going to separate for a period of time,” Will recalled. “You go figure out how to make yourself happy and I’ll go figure out how to make myself happy.”
Jada confessed that at the time of dating Alsina, “I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken.” She continued, “In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. Luckily enough you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner. I would definitely say you and I did everything that we could to get away from each other only to realize that wasn’t possible.”
Clarifying Misleading Headlines
Although Jada acknowledged her romantic relationship with Alsina, She wanted to address misleading headlines that insinuated Will had granted her “permission” to engage in the relationship.
“One of the things I want to clear up, that was kind of swirling in the press, was you giving permission. The only person who can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” Pinkett Smith said. “But what August was actually trying to communicate. Because I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably. I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a homewrecker, which he’s not.”
Jada added that she and Alsina have not spoken since their break-up.
“We ride together, We die together “
Ultimately, Pinkett Smith declared to her husband since 1997, “I’m just grateful for the journey that you and I have had together. Because I feel like there are a lot of couples that go through those periods and a lot of couples that have to separate and think it’s over and the one thing I’ll say about you and I is there’s never been secrets. We ride together, we die together,” they said at the same time with a smile.
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