Jada Pinkett Smith directly discussed singer August Alsina's bombshell claim that he was romantically linked to her in the past and that her husband, Will Smith, gave him his blessing, on an emotional episode of her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.
During the episode on Friday, Jada and Will sat down with one another, and Jada acknowledged she had a past relationship with August that took place years ago. She said she first met August more than four years ago and that the singer had initially came to her when he was "sick" and in need of some help, and that the Smith family had supported him. Jada said she ended up getting involved with August when she and Will were separated.
"We were over," she said of her and Will's relationship at the time.
Will added, "I was done with your a**. ... We decided we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I'll figure out how to make myself happy."
Jada said that during that time she got into an "entanglement" with August, and when Will pressed her, she acknowledged that it was a "relationship."
"Yes, it was a relationship, absolutely," she said.
However, she pushed back against the notion that Will gave August "permission."
"The only person that could give permission in that particular circumstance is myself," she pointed out.
"I just wanted to feel good, it had been so long since I felt good," she continued about her relationship with August. "And it was really a joy to just help heal someone. I think that has a lot to do with my co-dependency."
However, she did not find the type of fulfillment she was looking for.
"I definitely realized you can't find happiness outside yourself," she said.
Jada and Will stressed that there have never been secrets in their marriage, and Jada said she didn't consider what she did a "transgression," noting that she learned so much from it. She said August had chosen to cut off communication with her -- which she completely understood -- but she was surprised when his comments came out since they hadn't talked in a long time.
As for she and Will, they said they continue to have "unconditional love" for one another.
"We came together young and we were both broken in our own ways, and to be able to make mistakes without the fear of losing your family is so critical," Will said.
"We ride together, we die together," they said at the same time with a smile.