It all happened when she and her husband of over a decade, actor Will Smith, had been going through marital problems. This is what Red Table Talk host and actress, Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed to the world, following weeks of denial that she had an affair with singer, August Alsina.
On Friday, the ‘Set it Off” actress sat around the Red Table to reveal it all, in the presence of Smith. “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.”
Jada said the situation is one that she considers private and 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,” Jada began. She said Alsina was really sick when she and Will first met him through their son Jaden. “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.”
The Girls Trip star said she didn’t view her relationship with Alsina “as a transgression at all.” “Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” Pinkett Smith said. “And as I came through and started to realize certain things about you and I, he decided to break all communication with me which was totally understandable. And I let that be and hadn’t talked to him since so it is a little weird that all this stuff is coming out now since this was several [years ago].”
Smith added, “For me, this was years ago.”
The two were able to repair their relationship with Pinkett Smith saying, “We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.” The couple has been married since December 1997 and shares son Jaden, 22, and daughter Willow, 19.