Jada Pinkett Smith confirmed that she had a relationship with musician August Alsina during a breakup in her marriage to Will Smith.
“It was a relationship, absolutely,” Pinkett Smith said while joined by Smith for the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk,” released on Friday.
The two stars, who have been married since December 1997, cleared up speculation about their personal lives after Alsina spoke to “The Breakfast Club” co host Angela Yee and said that he had a relationship with Pinkett Smith.
The interview was posted on YouTube on June 30, and Alsina said: “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 not involving romanticism.”
Pinkett Smith confirmed his comments on “RTT,” saying that their “entanglement” began approximately four years ago when she and Smith were “going through a difficult time.”
“We actually became really, really good friends,” the “Gotham” alum recalled. “And it all started with him just needing help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.”
“You kicked me to the curb,” Pinkett said, in agreement.
Smith, who shares children Jaden Smith and Willow Smith with the actor, went on to say: “We decided that 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.”
“I really felt like we could be over,” he added, with Pinkett Smith saying: “We were over.”
Pinkett Smith said they “were separated amicably” and clarified that Alsina was “not a homewrecker.”
Elaborating on her reason for her relationship with the “No Love” singer, Pinkett Smith said: “I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good. And it was really a joy to just help heal somebody. I think that has a lot to do with my codependency.”
She also said that she doesn’t view their “entanglement” as a “transgression” in her marriage to Smith, since they were separated at the time.
“I actually don’t look at it as a transgression at all,” Pinkett Smith said. “Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was really able to confront emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity. And I was really able to do some really deep healing.”‘
Alsina went on to appear on a 2018 episode of “RTT” that discussed addiction. Pinkett Smith also said that she met the musician after he saw Jaden and Willow perform in London in 2015, and the whole Smith family came together to help him through his addiction.
Pinkett Smith and Smith have previously spoken about their unique marriage, and why they prefer the term “life partners.”
During a 2018 episode of “RTT,” the couple spoke about their past decision to break up “within our marriage” and work to rebuild their relationship.
“I was devastated even worse than a divorce,” the “Gemini” actor said. “We broke up within our marriage and got back together again and had to rebuild with new rules and something way, completely different.”
Smith added divorce was “never an option” and there are “no deal-breakers” in their relationship. He shared similar sentiments on the latest “RTT” episode, saying that they “have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.”
The actor also credited their longstanding marriage to their “ride or die” mentality.
“It’s just part of the journey,” she added.
Watch the full “Red Table Talk” episode in the video below.