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Two years ago singer August Alsina revealed he had a sordid affair with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who is married to A-list actor Will Smith.

At the time of his scandalous revelation, Alsina, 29, said Smith, 53, knew about his wife's May-December relationship and gave them his blessing.

In the November 2021 issue of GQ magazine, Smith admitted both he and Jada, 50, have stepped outside their marriage over the years in order to keep their Love alive.

"Jada never believed in conventional marriage," Smith tells the men's fashion magazine.

"Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection."

Smith, who shares daughter Willow, 20, and son Jaden, 23, with Jada, admits they both opted for an open marriage after years of monogamy.

"We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can't be a prison. And I don't suggest our road for anybody. I don't suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we've given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love."

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Smith said he often called legendary actor Denzel Washington for marital advice over the years.

"Throughout the years, I would always call Denzel. He's a real sage. I was probably 48 or something like that and I called Denzel. He said, 'Listen. You've got to think of it as the funky 40. Everybody's 40s are funky.' He said, 'But just wait till you hit the fuck-it 50s.' He said, 'Just bear with your 40s.' I stopped and I was like, 'The funky 40s and the fuck-it 50s?' And that's exactly what happened. It just became the fuck-it 50s, and I gave myself the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do."

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Will also explained to GQ magazine why he scrapped the making of Emancipation, the film that tells the story behind the photo of "Whipped Peter."

The historic photo of the ex-slave's scarred back, taken during an Army medical examination, became known as "The Scourged Back."

The movie was originally scheduled to shoot in Atlanta, Georgia, but Smith pulled the movie out of Georgia in response to Gov. Brian Kemp's new voter protection bill.

"I've always avoided making films about slavery," Smith told GQ writer Wesley Lowery.

"In the early part of my career... I didn't want to show Black people in that light. I wanted to be a superhero. So I wanted to depict Black excellence alongside my white counterparts. I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise. And the first time I considered it was Django. But I didn't want to make a slavery film about vengeance."

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August Alsina is taking advantage of the buzz surrounding his past affair with Jada Pinkett Smith by dropping a new track, appropriately titled "Entanglements."

The R&B crooner recruited rapper Rick Ross to add his personal views about entanglements with married women.

The lovestruck singer proves he still hasn't gotten over Jada - even though she and her husband, Will Smith, have gotten over him and moved on.

"The definition of entanglement / It's?when?you're tangled in?the sheets / Girl I know?that we don't call it a relationship / But you're still f—in' with me," Alsina sings.

Alsina even taunts Will on the track, singing, "I'm on my way, yeah / I'ma pull up when he dip / He's always think me and you f—in' / If he see me, he gon' trip."

Will and Jada recently cleared the air about Jada's fling on her popular web series "Red Table Talk."

Will Smith denied giving Alsina permission to pursue his wife, and Jada claimed the affair happened during a "break" in her marriage.

"What August was actually trying to communicate — because I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably — I think he also wanted to make it clear that he's not a homewrecker, which he's not," Jada said.
 

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Howard Stern dragged singer August Alsina for gossiping about his extramarital affair with actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Stern, who returned to the airwaves on Monday following a 2-week vacation, said Alsina should stop talking publicly about Jada, who is still married to A-list actor Will Smith.

"What a f–king dickwad," said Stern on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show. "Dude, you got to f**k Jada Pinkett Smith. By the way, put me in that line. That girl is hot."

Neither Stern nor his sidekick Robin Quivers mentioned Alsina's name on the air.

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"She f–king banged you. How nice of her,” Stern, 66, said of the 48-year-old actress. "I mean look at her."

Alsina, 27, said Will Smith gave him his "blessing" to pursue his wife. Will and Jada later confirmed the relationship happened during a "break" in their marriage.

Stern said Alsina put Jada in the uncomfortable position of talking about her infidelity publicly on her web series Red Table Talk last week.

"Now she's got to go on Facebook and sit here and explain herself to Will Smith and her kids and her mother," Stern said. "What did she do that was so horrible to this guy that he has to f–k her life up?"

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Stern said he believed Alsina is jealous of Will and Jada Smith. "You know what beef is? 'I'm not famous -- I f*cked Jada Pinkett Smith,'" said Stern, who added, "I still don't know your name, a**hole. You did a bonehead thing."

Page Six reportedly exclusively that since their revealing discussion at the Red Table, the power couple flew to the Bahamas for some private time.

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August Alsina is proof that men can be just as messy as women. He came for Keke Palmer when she inserted herself into his relationship drama with former love partner Jada Pinkett Smith, 48.

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The drama unfolded after power couple Will Smith, 51, and Jada brought themselves to the red table to discuss her shameful infidelity with August 4 years ago.

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August was a troubled, drug-addicted, mentally-addled young man with mommy issues. He fell right into Jada's trap after her son, Jaden Smith, introduced them and she offered to help August with his drug dependency issues (she eventually helped herself to his hot body).

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Former singer and talk show host Keke Palmer (Strahan, Sara and Keke) inserted herself into the drama, tweeting: "The theme is boundaries. Everybody doesn't need to know your business, that's not fake it's honoring one's privacy."

She followed that up with:

"Protect your partner.
Protect your privacy.
Protect your peace."

Then someone in August's camp dropped this throwback photo on Twitter that shows Keke and August riding in a car together.

The user captioned the B&W image: "this you?".

Keke responded, "Yes girl. August was never my man lol. That's why you're still reaching to this day to figure out nothing."

But August was not having that. He reminded Keke how she lusted after him - and "got curved" by him - when he was busy blowing Jada's back out.

August, 27, insinuated that Keke, 26, had mental problems of her own, and that perhaps she was even stalking him.

"U absolutely right. I was NEVER ur man. You could possibly never shortie. It seems u mad u got curved, but ur "friends" r the reason 4 that. Dey showed me an endless thread of txt/pics of me dat u sent, wrry'd abt who i date & BEGGED me 2 not further disturb ur mental instability."

But wait, he wasn't done dragging Keke all over his timeline:

"Imagine not knowing how to mind the business that pay you. I catch all the subliminals. (Not just about today) & you can call me whatever you like, Mess is constantly inserting yourself in topics you have nun to do w/. Go play w/ ya MAMMY! Not me!"

"If you have something to say, say it w/ ya CHEST kids.
It's always very perplexing cause I real deal be showing people genuine love. Whole time that envy eating ya lil heart.
Anyway, NEXT!!"

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August Alsina is proof that men can be just as messy as women. He came for Keke Palmer when she inserted herself into his relationship drama with former love partner Jada Pinkett Smith, 48.

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The drama unfolded after power couple Will Smith, 51, and Jada brought themselves to the red table to discuss her shameful infidelity with August 4 years ago.

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August was a troubled, drug-addicted, mentally-addled young man with mommy issues. He fell right into Jada's trap after her son, Jaden Smith, introduced them and she offered to help August with his drug dependency issues (she eventually helped herself to his hot body).

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Former singer and talk show host Keke Palmer (Strahan, Sara and Keke) inserted herself into the drama, tweeting: "The theme is boundaries. Everybody doesn't need to know your business, that's not fake it's honoring one's privacy."

She followed that up with:

"Protect your partner.
Protect your privacy.
Protect your peace."

Then someone in August's camp dropped this throwback photo on Twitter that shows Keke and August riding in a car together.

The user captioned the B&W image: "this you?".

Keke responded, "Yes girl. August was never my man lol. That's why you're still reaching to this day to figure out nothing."

But August was not having that. He reminded Keke how she lusted after him - and "got curved" by him - when he was busy blowing Jada's back out.

August, 27, insinuated that Keke, 26, had mental problems of her own, and that perhaps she was even stalking him.

"U absolutely right. I was NEVER ur man. You could possibly never shortie. It seems u mad u got curved, but ur "friends" r the reason 4 that. Dey showed me an endless thread of txt/pics of me dat u sent, wrry'd abt who i date & BEGGED me 2 not further disturb ur mental instability."

But wait, he wasn't done dragging Keke all over his timeline:

"Imagine not knowing how to mind the business that pay you. I catch all the subliminals. (Not just about today) & you can call me whatever you like, Mess is constantly inserting yourself in topics you have nun to do w/. Go play w/ ya MAMMY! Not me!"

"If you have something to say, say it w/ ya CHEST kids.
It's always very perplexing cause I real deal be showing people genuine love. Whole time that envy eating ya lil heart.
Anyway, NEXT!!"

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Will Smith has been in a lot of pain for a long time. While fans assumed his marriage to actress Jada Pinkett Smith was rock solid, the couple was going through a rough patch due to Jada's extramarital affair with troubled singer August Alsina.

In a video clip from 2018 that resurfaced online, Will poured out his heart about love and happiness lost during Jada's emotional affair with August.

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"Love. I asked her what was one of the biggest revelations she had had about love. She said you cannot make a person happy. I thought that was a real deep idea," said Will.

"You can make a person smile, you can make a person feel good, you can make a person laugh, but whether a person is happy is deeply utterly and completely out of your control.

"I remember the day I retired. I literally said to Jada, 'That's it. I retire. I retire from trying to make you happy. I need you to go make yourself happy and just prove to me it's even possible.'"

Will was passionate as he recalled the love he had for Jada in the beginning: "We came into this false romantic concept that somehow when we got married we would become one. What we realized is that we were two completely separate people on two completely separate individual journeys and that we were choosing to walk our separate journeys together.

"But her happiness was her responsibility and my happiness was my responsibility. And we decided that we were gonna find our individual, internal private separate joy and then we were going to present ourselves to the relationship and to each other already happy.

"Not coming to each other begging with our empty cups out demanding that she fills my cup and demanding that she meets my needs.

"It's unfair and it's kind of unrealistic. And it can be destructive to place the responsibility for your happiness on anybody other that yourself."
 

Will finally got his chance to force Jada to confess her infidelities in front of millions of shocked viewers on Friday.

Will and Jada brought themselves to the Red Table on Facebook to discuss the allegations that she took advantage of drug-addled singer August Alsina to satisfy her own sexual needs.

Jada admitted in so many words that the affair happened -- but only after Will pressed her to admit her "entanglement" was actually an extramarital relationship.

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The 51-year-old actor didn't let Jada slide the first time she mentioned an "entanglement" with the virile 27-year-old stud during a "break" in their marriage.

"This is your red table and you, like, brought yourself to the red table," said Will. "I think, um, you need to say clearly what happened.

"As far as what?" asked Jada, getting mildly defensive.

"You and I decided we were gonna take our space - and then what happened? asked Will with a smirk on his face.

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An impatient Jada repeated: "Yeah, and then I got into an entanglement with August. That's what I said."

"An entanglement?" said Will, as they both cracked up laughing.

"A relationship," said Will, as 48-year-old Jada finally admitted she was romantically involved with August.

"I was done wit' 'cho ass. I was done wit' you," Will told Jada.

"You gon' get me back? I think you got me back," Jada laughed. "I think we're good on that, okay?"

To which her husband replied, "Okay, that's probably true."
 

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Singer August Alsina insists he gave former lover Jada Pinkett Smith "advanced notice" that he was going public with the salacious details of their alleged love affair.

The musician hit headlines last week after claiming he was involved in a torrid secret romance with Jada for years -- and he even received the blessing of the actress' husband of 23 years, Will Smith.

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Alsina, 27, defended his decision to go public. He explained in an Instagram post on Friday, July 3, that he needed to share the truth to free himself from "oppression" and "the invisible walls of silent societal construct".

In the lengthy note, the "No Love" singer argues the backlash to his comments only serves to fuel his search to be his true self and "reach the gift of harmony within myself".

He goes on to insist he didn't betray anyone's trust, as he gave the Smiths advance notice of his candid interview with New York radio personality Angela Yee.

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"My heart has no malice or hate toward anyone on this planet," he states. "I just simply want the chains off & I'm willing to DIE getting there. The gift of freedom is yours to have, God promises us that, but only if you're willing...

"i should also say that, no one was side swiped by any conversation, everyone got courtesy calls time in advance. Wishing Everyone Big Love!"

The Girls Trip star's rep dismissed the allegations as "absolutely not true", but Jada, 48, subsequently teased an upcoming tell-all episode of her Red Table Talk Facebook series.
 

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Will Smith's sister, Ellen Smith added her 2 cents to the ongoing drama involving her old brother and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Will and Jada denied singer August Alsina's allegations that he was involved in a years-long affair with the mother of two.

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The 27-year-old claimed Will gave him his blessing to pursue his lonely wife.

In a cryptic post on Instagram, Ellen Smith wrote:

"Those you follow and admire so much promoting truth & "keeping it real" don't seem so admirable right now huh?"

She captioned the post:

"Good afternoon all. I keep having this conversation lately. My only response is research your hero's [sic], roll models [sic] and your advisors. Everyone has a past. Some whose are relevant to the present. Pay attention please on your journey and in life. Use your intuition and discernment. If their energy feels off it probably is. People will be wolves in sheep’s clothing pretending to help you but really manipulating a situation or person to suit their own malicious needs. #staywoke."

The message, which doesn't mention her famous brother or sister-in-law, seems to suggest that somebody is lying about Jada and August's secret love affair.

Ellen, 49, is a twin who allegedly claimed she was estranged from her brother Will because he was ashamed of her dark skin.

Will, 51, is the second oldest of 4 siblings.
 


 

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Most narcissists (75%) are males. Male narcissists tend to emphasize their money, power status, good looks, or social status.

Female narcissists tend to emphasize their beauty, body, feminine wiles, charm, sexuality, social or celebrity status, and money.

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Female narcissists use their own children as significant sources of narcissistic supply. They present their children to the world as an extension of themselves. Children of a narcissist are expected to be perfect - like their mom.

They Seek Out Vulnerable Men

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Narcissists use their beauty and feminine wiles to obtain more narcissistic supply by getting their hooks into vulnerable men. Some men can't believe they lucked up with such a beautiful woman.

When a narcissist meets a vulnerable (weak-minded) man, she tends to bring up the subject of marriage and children early and repeatedly.

Be wary if your son suddenly announces he's engaged within 90 days of meeting his new love.

Masters of Control

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Narcissists use control tactics to reel in vulnerable men. "Love bombing" is a tactic the narcissist uses to reel in and control her victim.

Flattery gets a female narcissist everywhere. She begins by lavishing him with almost non-stop attention, such as constant and persistent text messages, phone calls, or social media messaging. The texts and calls will be relentless -- sometimes 100 text messages per day.

The calls and texts begin early in the morning and end late at night. Part of her motivation is to keep tabs on her victim. She learns his daily routine, habits, and work schedule so she can use them against him later on.

She will even use YOU to keep tabs on your own son for her.

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Singer August Alsina discussed an emotional phone call he received from Jada Pinkett Smith while he was on tour.

"That was the thing. To feel your emotion and to hear you bawling. That was a reality check for me. I was like, 'Wow, if someone else can love you that much that it hurts them, why doesn't it bother you that you are actually hurting yourself?' That moment really changed the trajectory of my life."

If she has money she will lavish him with gifts or exotic trips in the beginning -- only to pull back and drain him of his financial resources later on.

Be wary if your son brags about how much money his new woman spends on him. The attention can be overwhelming and intoxicating in the beginning. But it won't last. They use control tactics to win his trust and to manipulate him. This behavior is toxic.

Another tactic she uses is non-stop compliments and expressing her love for him in a short period of time. If a woman says she loves him after one week - that's usually a bad sign.

Common phrases used by narcissists include:

  • "You are perfect in every way."
  • "I've never met anyone like you!"
  • "I will never take you for granted"
  • "You're the only man I've ever loved."
  • These phrases seem harmless, but they are calculated to gain maximum control.

    "True love does not want all your time and energy focused on them alone. They respect other commitments, ideas, and boundaries." ~ Tabitha Westbrook, licensed professional counselor

    He is convinced he met his soulmate

    If your son is convinced he's met his soulmate after a short period of dating, he probably hasn't.

    Some phrases she might use on him include:

  • "We were born to be together."
  • "It was fate that we finally met."
  • "You understand me more than anyone."
  • "We're soulmates."
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    She's very needy or clingy

    Teach your son that true love is never clingy or needy. She is never satisfied with the time he gives her. She always wants more. She knows his schedule and his daily routine like the back of her hand. He is expected to give her all of his free time.

    Projection and Gaslighting

    This is a defense mechanism used by narcissists to protect their fragile egos.

    A narcissist will always accuse their victims of behaviors that they themselves are guilty of. Explain to your son that she will accuse him of the same things she does. She will deny saying or doing the things she accuses him of.

    She will say that his friends or strangers noticed the same behaviors in him ("Your friends even say that you [fill in the blank]"). She will distort reality to confuse him and make him doubt his own sanity.

    The more he resists, the more she argues. She will then abruptly change the subject. If he refuses to change the subject, she will fly into a rage unlike anything he's ever seen before.

    Narcissistic rage

    Narcissistic rage is an intense, over-the-top anger or aggressive outburst. It is a reaction to "narcissistic injury" - which is caused by refusing to let a narcissist have her way.

    Narcissistic rage is usually followed by the silent treatment until he either apologizes (for causing her narcissistic injury) or he submits to her demands.

    Stay tuned for the final installment of Teaching Your Son to Spot a Narcissist.
     

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    Jada Pinkett Smith teased a revealing new episode of her Red Table Talk online series after denying allegations of an extramarital affair with singer August Alsina.

    The Girls Trip star hit headlines this week after the 27-year-old singer claimed he was involved in a secret years-long romance with the mother-of-two.

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    He confessed that Jada's husband, Will Smith, gave him his blessings to pursue his lonely wife.

    In a heart wrenching interview with NY radio personality Angela Yee, August said, "I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation. Due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they spoke on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing."

    August described the devastation he felt after Jada allegedly used him for her sexual needs then abruptly cut him off.

    "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life. 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. I really loved the person that I experienced that (with) and know what (that feels) like - if some people never get that in this lifetime."

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    But the actress' spokesperson insisted the accusations were "absolutely not true", and on Thursday, Jada took to social media to announce she would be discussing the rumors on her Facebook Watch series.

    "There's some healing that needs to happen... so I'm bringing myself to The Red Table," she tweeted.

    Jada didn't directly mention the tumultuous affair with August, but her Twitter followers were quick to pounce on the news as they awaited further details.

    "Date and time honey bc (because) we will alllllllll be attending (sic)!!!" replied one fan, while another commented, "it was only a matter of time".

    Jada has been married to Will since 1997 and they share daughter Willow, 19, and 21-year-old son Jaden, who is said to have introduced his mother to Alsina in 2015.

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    Jada Pinkett Smith's own words about having an open marriage with husband Will Smith have come back to haunt her.

    Jada, 48, vigorously denied allegations as "absolutely not true" that Will gave August Alsina his blessing to pursue her.

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    But fans remain unconvinced that the older, wiser woman didn't take advantage of the emotionally troubled 27-year-old singer for her own needs.

    Will and Jada have been plagued by open marriage rumors for over a decade. It is rumored that the A-list couple enjoyed a swinger's lifestyle with both men and women.

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    According to one insider who is very credible, Will and Jada invited friends for a swinger's weekend in Aspen, Colorado. The source - now a happily married mom of three - was asked to partake in the activities, but she politely declined.

    Jada spoke about her open marriage in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill for the Huffington Post in 2013.

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    "Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man," Jada said. "I'm here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa."

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    In 2015, she told Howard Stern that her husband was free to wander.

    "Here's the deal with that, Howard, you've got to trust who you're with. And at the end of the day, I'm not here to be anybody's watcher," she said. "I'm not his watcher. He's a grown man. Here's what I trust — I trust that the man that Will is, is the man of integrity. So, he's got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be okay, I'm good."

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    During a revealing Red Table Talk discussion in October 2018, Will and Jada confirmed they were together but living apart as life partners. "We are devoted to each other in a spiritual sense," Will said.

    He said he "retired" from trying to make Jada happy and he "empowered" her to find happiness on her own.

    "The things that Jada needs to be happy, I'm not going to agree with them on, right?" Will said. "I truly have learned the definition of unconditional love."