R&B singer August Alsina is speaking out about his alleged affair with Jada Pinkett Smith despite denying rumors of an affair last year. According to Alsina, he and Pinkett Smith had a years-long relationship with her husband, Will Smith‘s blessing.
In a new interview with Angela Lee, which was obtained by Complex, Alsina opened up about his meeting with Will in which he gave their blessing after his and Pinkett Smith’s marriage allegedly went from closed to open. The Smith’s often refer to themselves as life partners rather than husband and wife, a point Alsina made in his interview.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation, due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they’ve spoken on several times, and it, you know, not involving romanticism. He gave me his blessing. I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for [Jada].”
The R&B singer said he chose to open up now about his relationship with Pinkett Smith because he’s done being referred to as a “trouble maker” when it comes to the rumor mill. “I’m not okay with is my character being in question,” he told Complex. He also called the Smiths “beautiful people.”
“I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama,” Alsina added, before admitting that leaving the relationship was “the hardest thing I ever had to experience in this lifetime.”
“This conversation is difficult because [it’s] hard for people to understand. But once it starts to affect me and my livelihood, I have to speak up about my truth … Walking away from it butchered me … It almost killed me. Not almost. It did—it pushed me into being another person … It broke me down … It probably will be the hardest thing I ever had to experience in this lifetime. It’s difficult because I never want to be the person to cause confusion or step on toes, but I want to honor myself and I want to honor my authenticity. And if honoring my authenticity means you hate me, stone me, shoot me, crucify me, whatever, bury me an honest man.”
Nonetheless, he doesn’t regret his relationship with her. “I can die right now and be okay knowing that I fully gave myself to somebody … Some people never get that in this lifetime.”
Soon after Alsina’s interview went public, representatives for Pinkett Smith issued a statement denying his allegations.
According to Page Six, reps for the actress say Alsina’s claims are “absolutely not true.” Pinkett Smith herself even spoke out about needing “healing.”
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