Jada Pinkett Smith has admitted to dating musician, August Alsina, while she was still married to her husband, Will Smith.
The 48-year-old with her husband sat down for a tell-all conversation on her Facebook show, Red Table Talk to discuss the issue.
She revealed that she had a friendship with August around four years ago while their going through a ‘difficult time’ and they had ‘basically’ broken up.
She further explained that the couple met August through their son, Jaden, and said the singer, who would have been 23 at the time, was ‘really sick’ at the time.
“And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.
“The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,” she said. “We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.”
Will, interjected sharply, saying, “I was done with you.”
Jada explained they decided to separate for a ‘period of time’.
“And then what did you do, Jada?” Will asked.
“As time went on, I got into a different type of entanglement with August,” Jada explained.
The mother-of-two went on to say she wanted to respond to August’s claim that Will gave her ‘permission’ to have an affair.
“The only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself.
“But what August was probably trying to communicate because I could see how he could see it as permission because we were separated amicably, and I think he wanted to make it clear he’s not a homewrecker because he’s not,” she added.
When Will asked Jada to clarify what she meant by ‘entanglement’, she responded, “It was a relationship, absolutely.”
Jada continued, “I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realised that you can’t find happiness outside yourself.”
She explained the couple were going through a process of healing.
“I just wanted to feel good, It had been so long since I felt good… and it felt really good to just help heal somebody,” she said.
Alsina had claim in an interview with radio host Angela Yee has given more life to rumours that have been going in for years that both Pinkett and Smith have an open marriage.
He had said the relationship with the actress and Red Table Talk host was not-so-secret after all as her husband was aware of what was going on.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation… He gave me his blessing,” he said. “And I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her (Jada). I devoted myself to it.
“I gave my full self to it. So much so that I can die right now, and be OK knowing that I fully gave myself to somebody … Some people never get that in this lifetime.”
Will has a son, Trey, 27, from his marriage to Sheree Zampino, 53.
Jada had previously denied rumours that she and Will are in an open relationship and said they will never divorce.
Will has previously said that the couple no longer use the ‘married’ title but refer to each other as ‘life partners’.
“We don’t even say we’re married anymore,” he told BET in 2018.,