Hollywood actor Will Smith has denied he gave singer August Alsina the permission to engage his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith in a year-long relationship.
After Alsina spoke publicly about allegedly being romantically involved with the actress, including the claim that her longtime husband gave Alsina his “blessing,” Jada’s reps have called the claims “absolutely not true,” TMZ reports.
August, 27, told The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee that he was in love with Jada, 48, and said:
‘I sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership… he gave me his blessing.’
According to Page Six, it was Jada’s son Jaden, 21, who introduced her to August in 2015.
August said the two became very close, and holidayed together with the family in Hawaii a year later and they even attended the 2017 BET Awards together.
“People can have whatever ideas that they like, but what I’m not ok with is my character being in question, when certain things are questionable that I know is not me or that I know I haven’t done.”
“Contrary to what some people believe, I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous…I also don’t think that it’s ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date.” he said in the interview.
Jada had previously denied rumours that she and Will are in an open relationship and said they will never divorce.
Talking on Sway’s Universe radio show in 2018, she said:
‘I’m just, like, keep [the divorce rumours] coming. Here’s the thing about Will and I – [we] are family. That is never going down. It’s just not. Ever.
‘We are family. Take out all that whole marriage/relationship crap, at the end of the day, Will and I are family. I am going to hold him down, doesn’t matter.
‘All that relationship and what people think ideas of a husband, partner and all that, man, whatever. At the end of the day, that is a man that can rely on me for the rest of his life, period.’
Jada also denied their marriage was open, saying in a Facebook post:
‘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