Did they or didn't they?
According to singer August Alsina, he and married actress Jada Pinkett Smith had a relationship in recent years — with the blessing of her husband, Will Smith, 51. He made the claims in a wide-ranging interview with "The Breakfast Club" co-host Angela Yee that was posted on his YouTube channel on June 30.
According to Jada, 48, however, the allegation is false. Jada's rep told Page Six the 27-year-old singer's claims are "absolutely not true."
As reported by Page Six, in the interview — which is for his new YouTube documentary, "StateofEMERGEncy: The Rise of August Alsina," to promote his new album, "The Product III:stateofEMERGEncy" — August was introduced to Jada by her son, Jaden Smith, in 2015. They grew close — he says he fell in love with her — and he vacationed with her family in Hawaii the following year and he and the actress attended the 2017 BET Awards together.
Speculation that something was going on between August and Jada flared up after he released a remix of Kehlani's track "Nunya" in 2019. As Page Six points out, lyrics include, "Why is you textin me / Asking who next to me / Why you care about who having sex with me / Now you all on my line, why you pressing me?" Referencing that track and the attention it got, Angela asked August, "What was the real situation with Jada Pinkett Smith?"
His reply? "People can have whatever ideas that they like but what I'm not OK with is my character being in question. Certain things are questionable that I know is not me or that I know that I haven't done," he began. "Contrary to what some people may believe, I don't like drama — drama actually makes me nauseous. And I also don't think that it's ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, but in this instance, it's very different because as I said, there's so many people that are side-eyeing me, looking at me questionable about it. I mean I've lost money, friendships, relationships behind it, and I think it's because people don't necessarily know the truth.
"But I've never done anything wrong," August insisted, adding of the Smith family, "I love those people, literally — they're like my family I don't have a bad thing to say about them. They're beautiful people."
However, he explained, "When something starts affecting my life and not only affecting my life but affecting my wellness and my well-being and also starts to block my heart, my heart space is blocked, I don't really have a choice but to express my truth."
According to August, "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… he gave me his blessing."
Concerning his relationship with Jada, "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her," he said. "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."