American singer-songwriter August Alsina announced that he had an affair with Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith ‘s wife.
Alsina, 27, was introduced to Pinkett, 48, by her son Jaden in 2015. They became very close and in 2016 he even had a vacation with the family in Hawaii and participated with her in the 2017 BET Awards.
Rumour of their affair circulated for some time, as people thought Alsina’s 2019 song “Nunya” was written about the actress as it had the line “You got me feeling like it was an act, you’re just an actress/Putting on a show ’cause you don’t want the world to know.”
Official video of the track also featured a shot of a text message from a love interest listed as “Koren,” which just happens to be the birth-given middle name of Jada. But August Alsina has denied this repeatedly.
In an interview with radio personality Angela Yee, the 27-year-old singer who talked about his latest album The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy alleged he got Will Smith’s blessing for the romantic affair.
“People can have whatever ideas that they like, but what I’m not OK with is my character being in question. When certain things are questionable that I know is not me, or that I know that, what I haven’t done — contrary to what some people may believe — I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous.
“I also don’t think that it’s ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, right? But, in this instance, it’s very different, ’cause as I said there is so many people that are side-eyeing me, looking at me questionable about it.
“I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … he gave me his blessing.”
He also disclosed that he fell in love with Pinkett and even lost “money, friendships [and] relationships” because of rumours of having a secret affair with her. Alsina added that he thinks “it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth, but he never did anything wrong.”
“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 okay with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody.
“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.
“I love those people literally like my family. I don’t have a bad thing to say about them. They are beautiful people.”
“So much so that being intertwined in that way — walking away from it butchered me. I’m shakin’ right now because it almost killed me. Not almost. It did — it pushed me into being another person, my newer self. It. Broke. Me. Down.”
During the interview, Yee asked “Is it disappointing that she [Pinkett] never addressed it to you, because like you said, you lost out on opportunities?”
Alsina responded by saying;
“I really can’t even get into the thought of that because I am only responsible for myself, right. And I am only responsible for, you know. what I do. When I am repressing and suppressing things and it starts to affect me. I have to address it. I just always stay solid because I never want to be the person to start confusion.”