In the wake of August Alsina’s admission about his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith and her confession of their “entanglement,” the rest of us have been left with quite a lot to untangle. Now, other celebrities that are familiar with Will and Jada are speaking out.
Elise Neal sat down with Viral Hip-Hop News via phone interview to speak on her experience with the Smith’s on the set of All Of Us, revealing that their “unhappiness” ultimately led to her departure from the show in 2005.
“Now that’s rough for me. Everyone knows I was on the “All Of Us,” set, right? But here’s what I can say, feeling like something is going to pop me upside the head. If someone is unhappy, they spread that unhappiness to others. I wasn’t happy on that set because people treated me in a way that I could tell that they were unhappy.”
Speaking of their marriage, Neal said that “bottom line, they have decided what their marriage is going to be. They have decided that a long time ago. I’m not involved in their marriage. They know what’s going on. If they decide that they’re going to come together and that’s the type of marriage that they want, and they’re okay with that, we are not able to judge that. What I am going to judge is if I come to work for people, and they bring that unhappiness on others, like myself.”
“And that’s sad to me. I am a very hardworking girl. I had just come from doing a successful show for four years with The Hughleys. I’ve done tons of movies, a whole lot of stuff before I did that set,” she continued. “I’m coming to that set to work and excited because I’m like, ‘Ayyyee, I’m about to do something with—these people are cool, these people are great. It’s going to be a great, fun environment. I’ve never worked in an environment with these two great individuals.”
Despite everything that went down on the set of All of Us, she says it’s all love when it comes to Will.
“I know Will, and I love Will. I love Will as an individual. I don’t know a lot about him personally. I just know I worked with him, and I enjoyed working with him. So I was looking forward to having a very fun work experience. And I’m still sad that it was so not like that. I’m talking about that individual set. I have a lot of fun on other sets, okay? I’ve had a lot of fun on a lot of jobs I’ve done. And a lot of people know that I exited that set early. I miss the money, but I do not miss being unhappy. I was not happy because they were not happy.”
When asked about her views on marriage and monogamy, she explained her Southern values on marriage and had this to add about Jada and Will’s marriage:
“That’s their choice to do whatever the hell they want to do in that marriage. That’s not even for us to judge. But if you bring other entities in. If you have a young man in your relationship and now he’s not happy—or if you have other people that are in the relationship and then they’re happy, and you come outside and try to do work, and you’re working with other individuals, and you’re not happy, I just need y’all to find that happy. Leave me alone.”