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In an interview at the end of June, musician August Alsina shared with The Breakfast Club‘s Angela Yee that he had been involved in a relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith a few years ago. In the days following, Pinkett-Smith, good on her word, took herself to the red table, aka her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk. Her husband, Will Smith, joined her, and the two talked about a rough spot in their marriage about four years ago and Pinkett-Smith’s involvement with Alsina.
At one point, Pinkett-Smith called her time with Alsina an “entanglement.” Following the interview, viewers had questions about exactly what Pinkett-Smith said when she meant that. In an interview with Vulture published on Friday, Alsina shared his insight on that particular word.
I don’t know why that word is such an issue,” he said. “I would agree [with Jada]. If you look up the definition of ‘entanglement,’ it is a complex and difficult relationship. It was exactly that. I think it’s just the language that probably stuck out to people. But I definitely have to agree with it being an entanglement. It definitely was something complicated, a complicated dynamic.”
Alsina also addressed another pain point in his interview with Yee—when he said that he had gotten Smith’s “blessing” to be with his wife. That phrasing also received pushback from the couple.
“I can’t speak for anyone else,” he said. “What I said in my interview, how I said it, when I said it, is exactly what I said and exactly what I meant. That’s all I can really say about that. All I have is my truth, and all I have is my truth to stand on it. I don’t have any reason to lie about anything.”
Here’s what Pinkett-Smith had to say about the matter of Alsina asking for Will’s “blessing”:
“One thing I want clean up that was swirling about in the press is about you giving permission…the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” declared Pinkett-Smith during the conversation. “But what August was probably trying to communicate—because I could actually see how he could have perceived it as permission because we were separated amicably—and I also think he wanted to make it clear he was not a home wrecker, which he’s not.”
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