R&B singer-songwriter August Alsina is opening up about his past alleged relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith. While promoting his new album “The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy,” in a June 30 interview with Angela Yee, the 27-year-old artist claimed he had a love affair with the 48-year-old actress and said that her husband Will Smith reportedly gave him his blessing.
While Jada’s representative told Page Six that the allegations were “absolutely not true,” August insinuated that he fell in love with Jada.
Rumors swirled in 2019 that Jada and August were in a relationship after August dropped a cover of Kehlani‘s “Nunya” in which he hinted at an affair with Jada. August denied that the song was written about the “Set It Off” actress in his interview with Angela.
He implied that people can have whatever ideas they’d like, but explained that he did not like his character being questioned. “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’s so many people that are side-eyeing me, looking at me questionable about it,” he said at the 17:50 mark.
August explained that he lost “money, friendships [and] relationships” behind the rumors, sharing that he thinks “it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth. I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation,” August claimed at the 18:53 mark. “Due to the transformation from their marriage to [a] life partnership that they spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing.”
He added, “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life. I truly and really, really deeply loved, 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.” He continued, “I really loved the person that I experienced that [with] and know what [that feels] like — if some people never get that in this lifetime.”
August claimed that he had “never been in love in that kind of a way,” revealing that walking away from the relationship almost butchered him. He admitted that he didn’t want to be a person to cause confusion, implying that he genuinely loves the Smith family.
Some fans reacted to the interview and expressed the idea that they were not surprised by the allegations. One user wrote: “The open relationship was true,” followed by another user who commented,”Thanks for confirming what we already knew .”
Jada was introduced to August in 2015 by her son Jaden Smith. At the time, August came to see Jaden and his sister Willow Smith perform in London. Jada claimed in a confessional on “Red Table Talk” that August told her that he “could really use some help dealing with life.” The two became close and August even vacationed with the family in Hawaii in 2016.
It’s unclear if Will and Jada have an open marriage.