Just more than a week after her husband claimed he was defending her with his now-infamous Oscars’ slap, Jada Pinkett Smith is again in the public eye.
Jada’s former lover – whom she met through her teenaged son in 2016 – has just released a song, in which he appears to allude to their controversial affair.
Jada, now 50, and R&B singer August Alsina, now 29, became romantic six years ago, despite their 21-year age gap and Jada’s marital status.
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She has said the affair happened while she was on a break from, but still married to, Will Smith, who is now 53.
On Tuesday, August released his latest song, Shake the World, which contains an apparent reference to his and Jada’s relationship.
In part, the lyrics say: “Well, of course some s*** is bound to go down when you tangled up with the world’s favourite.”
August was only 23 when he met Jada and Will, and the family helped him through struggles with autoimmune disease.
He was introduced to the Smiths through their children Jaden, now 23, and Willow, now 21.
Entanglement with August
Will knew about his wife’s affair, and in 2020 the couple shocked the world by releasing a Red Table Talk openly discussing the relationship.
“We decided we were going to separate for a period of time,” Jada said.
“I got into an entanglement with August…it was a relationship. I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken.”
Will then asked his wife: “What do you feel like you were looking for?”
“I just wanted to feel good, it had been so long since I felt good,” Jada began.
“And it was really a joy to just help heal somebody.
“I think that has a lot to do with my co-dependency, which is another thing I had to learn to break in the cycle.”
Then in September 2021, Will confirmed their relationship was open, in an interview with QG.
“There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection,” Will said.
“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way.
“And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody.
“But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another, and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”
Just last week, Will Smith shocked the Hollywood elite when, in front of a worldwide audience of millions, he slapped Oscars’ presenter Chris Rock.
Will later suggested he was protecting his wife, after Chris made a joke which referenced Jada’s hair loss condition.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is investigating the incident, to determine whether Will violated its standards of conduct or compromised the Academy’s integrity.
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