Singer August Alsina opens up about his relationship with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Twitter has gone wild after a video clip from Alsina’s latest interview dropped online. With many feeling, it corroborates earlier speculation that the Smiths have an open relationship, and Alsina and Pinkett-Smith had a more-than-just-a-friend type of connection, others believe Alsina confirmed the tea in his 2019 track “Nunya.”
In the song, Alsina sang, “You got me feeling like it was an act, you’re just an actress/Putting on a show ’cause you don’t want the world to know.” The official video to the song also included a shot of a text message from a love interest named “Koren,” which is also Pinkett-Smith’ s-birth middle name, Complex Media reports. However, Alsina eventually shared that the song was not about Pinkett-Smith.
But now, In a new interview, Alsina sat down with Angela Yee to promote his new album The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy, and in doing so, ended up talking about his relationship with the Smiths. “People can have whatever ideas that they like. But what I’m not OK with is my character being in question,” he said. “Contrary to what some people may believe, I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous. I also don’t think that it’s ever-important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, right? But in this instance, there are so many people who are side-eyeing me … I’ve lost money, friendships, relationships behind it. And I think it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth. But I’ve never done anything wrong. I love those people (the Smiths) … They are beautiful people.”
Alsina then said that he had sit-down conversations with Will, saying the actor gave him his “blessing.” “I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation,” he said. “He gave me his blessing. 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.”
He added that explaining his experience is hard because not many will understand. “This conversation is difficult because [it’s] hard for people to understand. But once it starts to affect me and my livelihood, I have to speak up about my truth … Walking away from it butchered me … It almost killed me. Not almost. It did—it pushed me into being another person … It broke me down … It probably will be the hardest thing I ever had to experience in this lifetime. It’s difficult because I never want to be the person to cause confusion or step on toes, but I want to honor myself, and I want to honor my authenticity. And if honoring my authenticity means you hate me, stone me, shoot me, crucify me, whatever, bury me an honest man.”