American Musician August Alsina shared in an emotional interview that he dated superstar Jada Pinkett Smith for years with Will Smith’s blessing.
Relationship rumors have swirled around the pair for quite some time, with some convinced that Alsina and Jada had a secret affair. Alsina’s 2019 track “Nunya” fueled the speculation, as he included the lines: “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 track’s official video also featured a shot of a text message from a love interest listed as “Koren,” which also happens to be Jada’s birth-given middle name.
Alsina would go on to deny the relationship rumors and insisted “Nunya” was not about Jada. The singer sat down with Angela Yee to discuss his controversial relationship with The Girls Trip actress during the promotional run for his new album The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy and its accompanying five-part docuseries.
The No Love hit maker Alsina went on to say the relationship wasn’t a secret affair, suggesting Jada and her husband, Will Smith, had an open marriage.
“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.” – he said.
He continued to say that the conversation is difficult people can’t really understand but he has to speak his 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 honouring my authenticity means you hate me, stone me, shoot me, crucify me, whatever, bury me an honest man.”
See full interview below.