With the Internet exploding this week with rumors about their marriage, The Smiths are once again being put in a position in which they have to “speak up” about their relationship. It’s all due to recent allegations made by R&B singer August Alsina about a supposed relationship that he had with Jada. Now, the Internet is scouring the archives for statements that may support Alsina’s propositions.
It all started with the release of Alsina’s new project, The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy, which was released June 26th, 2020 on Shake the World/EMPIRE. Alsina has been a bit absent from the music scene, with his last release dropping in 2015. He’s also dealt with a ton of personal issues in between projects, which include battling his own drug addictions and the loss of his father and brother.
It’s his claims about being in a relationship with Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith that are drawing the biggest attention. Alsina claims that not only was in a relationship with Pinkett, but that he had the blessing of “Big Willie” himself. He also claims that he doesn’t like “drama,” but felt he had to speak out because his character being “in question.”
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation … He gave me his blessing,” he told Angela Yee. “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.”
While neither Will Smith nor Jada Pinkett Smith have directly debunked these rumors, both have issued statements apparently via their representatives. Jada Pinkett Smith’s reps told Page Six that the claims are “absolutely not true,” Will Smith has through a spokesperson has told The Sun Online that the accusations are “wrong.” Jada has seemed to announce however that she’ll be discussing the uproar on her Red Table Talk Facebook Watch show.
There’s some healing that needs to happen…so I’m bringing myself to The Red Table.— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) July 2, 2020
Despite their lack of addressing the rumors directly, the two have been very open about their “life partnership,” as they decided to call their marriage that a few years ago. The couple has been particularly outspoken in some ways over the years, as these rumors seem to recur with some sort of regularity.
As far back as 2005, Will Smith first revealed to The Daily Mail that him and Jada were open about being sexually attracted to other people. “If it came down to it, then one can say to the other, ‘Look, I need to have s-x with somebody,” he said at the time. “I’m not going to if you don’t approve of it — but please approve of it’.”
In 2013, Jada told the Huffington Post that she realized Will was his own man. “I’ve always told Will, ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,’” Jada said. “Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man.”
If anyone has made vague statements that have required clarification of some sort, it’s been Jada. When her above remarks still didn’t lessen the rumors of an “open marriage” they were facing, she in fact made another statement – that didn’t help.
“Open marriage? … The statement I made in regard to, ‘Will can do whatever he wants,’ has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist,” she said on Facebook in 2013. She even stated that their relationship wasn’t an open one as much it is a grown one.
“Here is how I will change my statement … Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship … this means we have a GROWN one.”
Jada’s independent streak seems to extend into her relationship with her husband, too. She told shock jock Howard Stern back in 2015, “At the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher.” “I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man … I trust that the man that Will is a man with integrity. He’s got all the freedom in the world … and as long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be OK? I’m good,” she said.
As far as traditional words like “marriage” and “anniversary”? The couple doesn’t even use them in the same way, having found better definitions for the relationship between the two of them.
“We don’t even say we’re married anymore,” Will told Tidal’s Rap Radar podcast in 2018. “We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. [There are] no dealbreakers. There’s nothing she could do — ever — nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.”
“We don’t really celebrate that day anymore in that sense because the context of our union is totally different,” Jada said about their anniversary. “It’s more of a life partnership, so it’s not steeped in that day,” she said in a 2019 episode of her Facebook show, Red Table Talk.
Despite their deep understanding of their own relationship, the high-profile couple is still dogged by many because of their visibility and celebrity culture. Much of this rehashed discussion about their marriage has come about because of Alsina’s allegations. Despite the pair’s denials, their history and own statements haven’t necessarily eased the public’s doubts as to their denials.