Video: Jada Pinkett Smith confirms relationship with August Alsina while separated from Will Smith

In marriage, under the scrutiny of social networks, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith reaffirmed their commitment to each other, as Pinkett Smith admitted that she had a relationship with musician Augustus Alsina when she and Smith were separated.

In a one-on-one Friday talk on Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, she said she was reluctant to discuss Alsina’s comments because of the public speculation they provoked.

According to Pinkett Smith, what began with friendship and family efforts to help Alsina with his health about four years ago became “another form of confusion” at the time when she and Smith thought their marriage was over .

“An entanglement? A relationship,” Smith said, prodding his wife to be more specific, alluding to the Facebook Watch show’s dedication to candid discussion.

“Yes, it was a relationship. Absolutely. I was in a lot of pain. I was very broken,” she replied. “Now, in the process of that relationship, I definitely realize that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. … I would definitely say we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

At one point in the conversation they echoed each other, saying: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life,” an allusion to a catchphrase in Smith’s “Bad Boys” franchise.

They have been married since 1997, they have two children, Jaden and Willow. Each of them sometimes felt uncomfortable during the exchange of opinions in talk shows.

Alsina did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pinkett Smith, who starred in the two Matrix movies, asked why Alsina would raise the episode again, saying that she had cut off contact with her. She also pushed away the thought that Smith had given her permission to do this. In an interview, Alsina said that the actor gave his “blessing.”

“The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” Pinkett Smith said, then cut Alsina slack for his remarks.

“I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably. And I think he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a homewrecker, because he’s not,” she said.

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