On Friday, Jada and her husband, Will Smith sat down for a tell-all conversation on her Facebook show, Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch. She revealed that she developed a friendship with August around four years ago.
She said around the same time, she and Will were going through a “difficult time” and they had “basically” broken up.
Jada, 48, explained she and Will met August, 27, through their son Jaden:
“And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state”
She added: “The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,’ she said. ‘We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.”
That’s when Will, 51, chimed in with this, “I was done with you.”
Jada explained they decided to separate for a “period of time.”
“And then what did you do, Jada?” Will asked.
“As time went on, I got into a different type of entanglement with August,” Jada explained.
“It was a relationship, absolutely. I was in a lot of pain, I was very broken,” Jada continued.
“I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good.”
And while many will call the situation infidelity, Jada was quick to point out that she doesn’t see it as a transgression.
“I was really able to do some really deep healing,” she said.
Jada and Alsina elected to stop when Jada decided that she was going to work things out with Will and at the time, she thought things were done forever.
“I let that be and hadn’t talked to him since,” Jada said. “So it is a little weird all this stuff is coming out now since this was several [years ago].” Will said that part of the surprise came from the fact that they’d already moved on: “Our experiences of working through it, fighting through it, talking through it and therapizing through it, I think the why now is weird.”
The two continued, saying that their relationship is something that they’re both continuing to work on and that they still surprise each other.
“You didn’t think that I had the girth that it was gonna take to ride with you through,” Will said.
“I didn’t know if you would be willing to find the deep capacity to love me,” Jada said.
When he asked how he was doing, though, Jada assured him that he was doing great and the two finished the conversation with a high-five.
“You gotta go through some shit to get the answers,” Jada said.
The full episode is available on Facebook Watch.