American singer and songwriter August Alsina claim superstar actor Will Smith gave him his “blessing” to have a romantic relationship with actress Jada Pinkett-Smith.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee, Alsina addressed rumours that he had had a relationship with Pinkett-Smith, saying her relationship with Will Smith had become open.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation… He gave me his blessing,” he said. “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.”
He claimed the relationship with the actress and Red Table Talk host was not-so-secret after all as her husband was aware of what was going on.
Alsina later, who was on a promotional run for his latest album The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy and its accompanying five-part docuseries, said leaving the relationship took a heavy toll on his mental health, claiming that it “butchered” and “killed” him.
Alsina allegedly became acquainted with Pinkett-Smith in 2015 after being introduced by her son Jaden.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Alsina told Yee that leaving the relationship “butchered” him.
“It almost killed me. Not almost. It did—it pushed me into being another person,” he said.
“It broke me down … It probably will be the hardest thing I ever had to experience in this lifetime.”
Alsina had stoked rumours with his 2019 song Nunya, the video for which features the singer receiving a text message from “Koren,” which is Pinkett-Smith’s middle name.
He previously denied that the song was about Pinkett-Smith.
Pinkett-Smith’s representatives have been contacted for comment, while the New York Post reports her representatives as saying Alsina’s claims are “absolutely not true”.
Alsina also said in the interview that he does not want to stir drama.
“Contrary to what some people may believe, I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous,” he said.
“I also don’t think that it’s ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, right? But in this instance, there are so many people who are side-eyeing me… And I think it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth.”
On the Pinkett-Smith family, he said: “I love those people literally like my family. I don’t have a bad thing to say about them. They are beautiful people.”