The Full Story Of Jada & August’s Entanglement – Facts, Interviews, Lessons Learned

Although wishful thinking is great, there are no perfect relationships. People are constantly changing and learning throughout their lives, so, naturally, relationship challenges evolve as well.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship is a prime example of this. However, most articles about it list dirty, and often unfounded, details to create a “celebrity drama” for the rush of Schadenfreude.

So, in this article, we will cover the full story of Jada Pinkett-Smith and August Alsina’s “Entanglement” as it unfolded – not how the tabloids told it, anyone pieced it together, or Twitter gossiped about it.

To stay as close to the truth as possible, we’ll only reference information that came directly from their sources, August’s original Breakfast Club video interview and Jada’s Red Table Talk interview with her husband, Will.

Together we’ll review the facts they offer and each side of the story, and glean a few valuable relationship lessons from this controversial celebrity tale.

How the August Alsina and Jada Pinkett-Smith Entanglenent Started

In June of 2020, August Alsina made an emotional reveal about his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith. It quickly became fodder for the media and tabloids.

This revelation led to many wild theories of Will and Jada had an “open relationship“, Will “giving permission” to his wife to be with August, accusations of “affairs,” and so on.

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August Alsina Interview with Angela Yee

In response, on July 10, 2020, Jada Pinkett finally spoke out on her “Red Table Talk” show on Facebook to tell her side of the story alongside her husband Will Smith. And in this interview, they immediately make it clear that everything that you heard up until this point in the media was made up.

We were purposely not saying anything…Any headline that said, “Jada said, or “Will Said, is not true.

Will Smith

So now that you’ve been briefed, below you can watch the video interviews with a lens that is unfettered by the sensationalist media, tabloids, haters, and “Black Twitter” (as Will Smith called it) around the situation.

The Red Table Talk Interview video with Jada Pinkett and Will Smith

Source: Red Table Talk

Next, you will find August Alsina’s side of the story in his full video interview on The Breakfast Club with Angela Yee, where he made his big reveal about his relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The Breakfast Club Video Interview with August Alsina and Angela Yee

Skip ahead to August’s reveal about Jada Pinkett at the video time index 16:35.

Source: August Alsina’s Youtube Page

The Key Takeaways From Jada’s Interview

Now that you have heard all sides of the story yourself, let’s break down a few key points from Jada’s interview where she makes some clarifications and “corrections” to August’s story about the “relationship.”

Did The “Entanglement” with August Happened During A Separation?

Jada began by explaining the timeline of events and established that she met August Alsina about 4.5 years ago (from the time this video aired. They met through their son Jaden, where it began as a friendship, with her family playing a supporting role in August’s life.

The timing coincided with a rough patch that Will and Jada were going through in their relationship where they “broke up,” and both agreed that they “were over” (Jada Pinkett Smith).

The bottom line here is that Jada and August’s relationship was not considered an “affair” and affirmed that August shouldn’t be considered a “homewrecker” (August Alsina).

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BET AWARDS LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25 2017: August Alsina (L) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

Jada Pinkett Smith went on to admit to having an “entanglement with August.”

By definition, an “entanglement” is a codependent relationship, which is an unhealthy or toxic relationship where two people form a bond based on some particular needs or desires of the other. Ultimately, neither is ever truly fulfilled, and their growth is repressed.

On the other hand, an interdependent relationship is healthy and stable. Its partners enrich each other’s lives equally and equitably while maintaining their individuality. They face and overcome difficulties together and sacrifice for one another without expectation beyond the success of the relationship.

Here’s an insightful Article That delves more into entangled relationships

Here, Will Smith stepped in to immediately put the “entanglement” title to rest and gets the buy-in from Jada to simply call it a “relationship.”

Did Will Smith “Give Permission” For August and Jada’s Relationship?

Jada and Will both confirmed that they were “separated amicably” during the time of Jada’s relationship with August. They also mutually acknowledged that at this time, Will was not in the position to “give permission” for Jada’s relationship with August.

The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance, is myself.

-Jada Pinkett Smith

The choice to be with August or any other person was Jada’s to make, freely, and at her sole discretion. There was no “blessing” given, as August claimed during his interview.

However, Jada acknowledged that she understood how August could “perceive” Will’s lack of interference as permission.

Was Jada and August’s Relationship A Rebound or was it serious?

Jada stated that at this time, she was at a point in her life where she was looking to heal, and her relationship with August became a part of that process. So, one could argue that this relationship was a rebound.

Jada stated, “I just wanted to feel good. It was so long since I felt good.” In her Red Table Talk interview, she went on to explain that she was drawn to August because she was drawn to people who “needed help.”

I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself.

– Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada further explained that “it was a joy to just help heal somebody.” Which further gives the sense that this was neither a mature nor serious relationship.

Relationship Lessons We Can Learn From Will & Jada

Long term relationships and marriages are no easy task. They take a tremendous amount of patience, empathy, and communication to make them work. Taking this into consideration, there are quite a few relationship lessons that we can learn from Will and Jada’s story.

In You’re Curious, Here’s a Timeline of Will and Jada’s Relationship

Codependent Relationships Can Be Toxic

It is quite easy to develop or fall into a codependent relationship. We’ve all had friends and seen people who are drawn to those who need help or attracted to people who they feel can heal them. Whether the source is some deeper maternal need or deep-seated insecurity, this can become an endless and unfulfilling cycle.

There’s something about that childhood trauma that feels as though it can be fixed through fixing people, versus fixing me.

-Jada Pinkett Smith
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Jada acknowledged that her relationship with August filled a need, but it didn’t bring her the happiness that she sought after. This was something that Jada had to realize for herself and was part of her personal journey.

These are not things that your partner can “fix”. How Will and Jada gave each other the space to do some soul searching, and resolve these inner conflicts is a model for how we should handle these situations.

Separation Can Bring You Closer

Just because you separate, it doesn’t mean it’s the end. It can give people time to heal and have the space to realize what they have and want. In this case, Jada and Will went this route when they were going through “a difficult time.”

We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time, and you go figure out how to make yourself happy, and I’ll figure out how to make myself happy.

– Will Smith

After all, it is never fair to task your partner with your happiness, especially if you can’t find it by yourself. This could be a Sisyphean task, destined for failure.

I sure wish it could be all be all magic and mirrors. You got to go through some stuff to get the answers”

– Will and Jada

A healthy relationship may require some space and time to find yourselves, then find your ways back to each other. Allowing room to “make mistakes without the fear of losing your family,” that Will referred to could be a solution. And this is how Will and Jada found they’re “place of unconditional love.”

“Difficult Times Are Part Of The Journey”

For any couple, it can take going through a gauntlet of turbulent times, cycles of personal growth, and numerous tests of commitment to strengthen and reconfirm bonds that began in a different place. I’ve been there, you’ve been there (or will eventually), and many relationships don’t survive it. Will and Jada made it very clear, that they have been through difficult times, and they even surprised themselves that they made it through.

I told you the first year we were married, “I can love you through anything.”

– Will Smith

When in discussions about relationships and break-ups, I often remind people of an old saying, “same sh*t, different toilet.” The arguments, doubts, and even indiscretions that can happen during your current relationship may just as likely happen in the next. While some situations are unique, most aren’t. Difficult times are just part of the process, and working through them together is a part of a healthy relationship.

There’s real power in just knowing somebody’s riding with you no matter what. And really can’t know that until you go through some stuff

– Will Smith

Communication Is Everything In a Relationship

Will and Jada made a few comments in jest near the end, that surely some people will construe as bad signs, like “I’m going to get you back.” But there is a beauty in the fact that two people can come together, talk, and even laugh about their trials and tribulations. And at some point in time, you realize there are more important things for you to worry about and you can brush off trivial things.

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Having an open and honest discussion can be difficult for couples, especially when egos are involved. Consider that the main goals of marriage counseling are to get couples to talk, find the root causes of their issues, and address them. Sometimes all you need are two seats and the shared determination to make things work.

Will and Jada’s perseverance through the years and continued love and respect for each other is proof that couples can work through those tough times and emerge stronger from it. So if you have any doubts about your relationship, take some notes from theirs, and I am sure it will help you to improve it.

We Ride Together, We Die Together. Bad Marriage For Life!

– Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

In conclusion, I absolutely agree with Jada Pinkett Smith’s Statement, “this was a very personal journey that became very public.” So I applaud both and thank both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett for opening up to give the public and fans a look into their relationship. They showed great maturity and a genuine sense of solidarity.

As for August Alsina, he will surely grow from this experience. And if he communicates his pains through his music, then his next album will be fire. With that said, he was old enough to know what he was getting into, and gentlemen don’t kiss and tell.

So to Jada and Will, cheers to you and your family, marching to your own beat, and your unbreakable bond.

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An expert club promoter, growth marketing executive, and entrepreneur from NYC. He is the founder of Always The VIP LLC, creator of a popular nightlife trend website, and a marketing leader for successful enterprise businesses. He is an author of various authoritative articles on marketing strategy and the nightlife industry who finds deep joy in creating memorable experiences for people of all colors.

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