Singer August Alsina's interview with Breakfast Club's host, Angela Yee, covered a lot of topics such as mental health issues, alcohol addiction, and drug abuse, but the topic that got the most attention was his admission of an affair with Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada has been famously married to Will Smith for more than 20 years and has denied repeated allegations of an open relationship. In fact, they have been called the epitome of Black Love and many even call them goals due to their commitment to their life partnership.
"I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they've spoken on several times and it not involving romanticism," says August Alsina, "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. I devoted myself to it. I gave my full self to it so much so to the point that I can die right now and be ok with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody."
Despite many rumors revolving Jada and Will's unique marriage, this was still a shocker for a lot of people. People had this to say about the alleged affair:
The clown's of Twitter had this to say, whicvh after the year we have all been having, were very refreshing to see.
A lot of things happened this year, and to be honest, an open relationship between Jada and Will Smith is not as shocking as Black Twitter would have us believe. People's reactions to Alsina's claims ranged from complete disbelief and a rejection of the idea of that "Jada & Will love" to pointing out that Jada would have been taking advantage of him in light of the issues he was going through and that she referred to him as "son" multiple times. Some people also pointed out that the interview covered a range of topics that are relevant discussions for the community, but that it got overshadowed by Jada & Augusts's alleged affair. The fact that he claimed to have received Will's blessing was also something that a lot of people couldn't fathom while others expressed excitement for the next Red Table Talk, Jada's show on Facebook built on having difficult conversations and a platform that most people expect Jada will use to address the alleged relationship.
I understand the concern of Jada taking advantage of August Alsina in his difficult time. Jada has a solid support system, while August admitted that he was going through a difficult time. Moreover, it is a bit disturbing to have an affair with someone you refer to as "son". However, Jada's rep has adamantly denied the rumors. Jada asserts that it is a complete and total lie, so hopefully, that means these concerns are unfounded.
Nevertheless, I still have a couple of questions for the community. What is so wrong about an open relationship? Why was there a complete and utter rejection of the idea on Twitter? I, for one, still consider Jada and Will goals because of their clear and lifelong connection with each other. Even August couldn't deny that these people were in it for each other, for life. Isn't that what we all want? Imagine being that secure in your relationship that you pursue other romantic relationships and are completely secure with your partner doing the same. This is a genuine question to the people who completely rejected this idea; why do you think it won't work for you? What is so bad about it?