August Alsina Explains Why He Went Public With Jada Pinkett-Smith Relationship: People Looked At Me Like This Problematic Guy, Who Was Reckless Pushing Up On Someone’s Wife
R&B singer August Alsina has broken his silence after actress and ‘Red Table Talk” host Jada Pinkett-Smith brought herself to the table to discuss their complicated and former history as an “entangled” couple. During the episode, Jada Pinkett-Smith confirmed that she and August Alsina had been in a relationship, which she referred to as an “entanglement,” but it only occurred while she and husband actor Will Smith were separated. Now in a recent interview, August Alsina surprisingly said at the time he hadn’t actually watched the full “Red Table Talk” episode:
I have people who’ve seen it. I saw small clips floating on Instagram and kinda backed off Instagram. But it’s definitely been brought to my attention by people around me.
August also explained he didn’t really get why there was so much attention paid to the word “entanglement” used on the episode and thought it did apply to his and Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s situation at the time:
I don’t know why that word is such an issue. I would agree [with Jada]. If you look up the definition of “entanglement,” it is a complex and difficult relationship. It was exactly that. I think it’s just the language that probably stuck out to people. But I definitely have to agree with it being an entanglement. It definitely was something complicated, a complicated dynamic.
He also explained that the reason for him going public with his relationship with Jada had to do with the fact that there was so much “chatter” about it. He went on to say that the talk about the situation began to interfere in his business relationships as well:
I never think it’s important to know who I date. It is never anybody’s business. What people do in their personal time is what people do in their personal time. So that’s probably why in the past I’ve never spoken on it. But this became very complex for me because we’re all public figures, and there was a lot of chatter around my name and her name. I’m pretty expressive. And when I love something or love someone, I express that. Over time, I was expressing my love externally and outwardly, and when you are in a situation, and you super in love, it’s like, f**k it. I don’t care what anybody thinks. This is just how I feel.
People looked at me as this problematic guy who was super reckless, like I’m pushing up on someone’s wife. I didn’t really like that. I didn’t like the sound of that, especially when it wasn’t the truth. I think because people didn’t have the truth, it allowed them to view me and my character a certain type of way. And that started to really eat at my soul, but deeper than that, it started to f**k with my partnerships and business relationships and money because of people seeing me as this reckless guy who’s, like, publicly announcing his love and pushing up on somebody’s wife, quote, unquote. That’s really the only reason I felt the need to speak my truth. A lot of those people in partnerships came back around and apologized like, “Oh, I’m sorry, my bad. I really didn’t know.”
Radio host Angela Yee was the person that August first told about his and Jada’s relationship in an interview she had with him. She took the time to exclusively shared her thoughts with The Jasmine Brand about how she believed August shared his story to resolve his hurt feelings:
I think the main thing was- let’s not forget this was somebody who thought they were in a situation, and his feelings were hurt. And you can’t negate that someone’s feelings were hurt, and they wanted to tell their story.
And I feel like there’s so much more he could’ve said, and the details are still kept private. The fact is, they were in an entanglement – or whatever you wanna call it – and it is what it is. Will knew about it. It wasn’t a secret. He wasn’t messing up their marriage. August went through a lot…if that’s what he had to do to heal himself- to tell the world, ‘This is what happened to me,’ then it is what it is.”