Jada confirms affair with young singer
Jada Pinkett Smith has admitted to an affair with musician August Alsina while still married to Will Smith.
The Girls Trip actress, 48, made the revelation during a conversation with her husband on her Facebook show, Red Table Talk, explaining it happened four years ago after she met the younger man through her son, Jaden.
According to Jada, her marriage had been going through a "difficult time" and the couple had "basically broken up".
Jada said her relationship with August was initially about her helping him, as he'd been "very sick" at the time.
"It all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state," she explained to her husband.
"The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health. We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time."
Will agreed, telling her: "I was done with you".
The couple had then agreed to separate for a "period of time".
"I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realised that you can't find happiness outside yourself," Jada said.
"I just wanted to feel good, it had been so long since I felt good … and it was really a joy to just help heal somebody."
The couple's bombshell interview came after August, 27, spoke publicly about his affair with the actress, and insisted Will had given them his blessing - a claim both Will and Jada firmly denied.
"The only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself," Jada insisted on Red Table Talk.
"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 home-wrecker because he's not."
Last week, August claimed he had had a conversation with Will "due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … (and that) he gave me his blessing" in an interview with The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee.
He said he was introduced to Jada in 2015 when he was just 23 years old and the two became very close, with August even holidaying with the Smith family in Hawaii in 2016 and attending the 2017 BET Awards with them.
He even claimed to have fallen in love with the actress.
"I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it - so much so to the point that I can die right now and be OK with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody," August said.
"And I really loved a person, I experienced that and I know what that feels like - and some people never get that in this lifetime. I know that I am completely blessed and this conversation is difficult because it is so much, that it would be hard for people to understand but, once it starts to affect me and my livelihood, I have to speak up about my truth."
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