The internet went berserk when August Alsina spilled the beans on his alleged affair with Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada immediately responded by revealing that she would address the situation on Red Table Talk. True to her word, she followed up on the promise and delivered the much anticipated episode of the Red Table Talk bringing “herself” to the table alongside Will Smith. This comes after Will’s representative denied the claims that he gave August his blessings to have an affair with Jada. This episode sees the couple delve deeper into the controversy and walk us through it all.
The couple recalls that when August came into their lives, he was really “sick” and there was an outpouring of support from the Smith family with Jada being at the fore front of things. “About four and a half years ago… [I] started a franchise with August,” Jada explained. “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, y’know?”
At the same time, Will and Jada admitted that they were going through a very “difficult” time as a couple and they even broke up for a while. “We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time, and you go figure out how to make yourself happy, and I’ll figure out how to make myself happy,” Will said. “At that particular time it was indefinite,” Jada added.
Jada then went on to state that at that particular time her friendship with Alsina developed into some sort of “A DIFFERENT KIND OF ENTANGLEMENT”. Will reiterated the statement which Jada finally admitted that they were actually in a relationship at that time.
“I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken,” Jada justified. “In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. Luckily enough, you and I were also going through a process of healing in a much different manner. I would definitely say that we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that wasn’t possible.”
Will went on to ask what she was looking for in her relationship with August, to which she said, “I just wanted to feel good.” She added it was “a joy” to “help heal somebody,” which she said stems from her “codependency.” Ultimately, she said she was able to “do some really deep healing” during that period of time, and when she finally got back together with Will, August supposedly dropped all communication. “Which is totally understandable,” she remarked.
Alsina previously confessed that “walking away from it butchered me,” and Jada seemingly confirmed it wasn’t easy for him. “It probably will be the hardest thing I ever had to experience in this lifetime,” Alsina added.
While this happened “years ago,” Jada and Will said it has been “weird” to see the situation resurface. “Aug and I haven’t talked in so long,” she said. “You gotta go through some shit to get the answers. … I definitely believe you and I, we never thought we would make it back.” Near the end of the episode, they both joke, “We ride together, we die together, Bad Marriage for life.”