If you’re even mildly online, you’ve likely been inundated with gossip about Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Red Table Talks, and “entanglements” lately. But what, precisely, does it all mean? Below, find a complete guide to the recent Pinkett-Smith family drama’s major players.
Who is August Alsina?
August Alsina is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter who has allegedly been involved in an affair with Jada Pinkett-Smith. On June 30, August Alsina said in an interview that he “gave years of his life” to Jada in a romantic relationship with Will’s blessing. Jada’s reps denied it, but just like that, the seeds of marital discontent had been sown.
What’s the Red Table’s role in all this?
On July 2, Jada cryptically tweeted that she was bringing herself “to the Red Table.”
For those uninitiated, Red Table Talk is a Facebook Watch-hosted talk show starring Jada, her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The show is known for delving into a wide variety of topics, particularly juicy ones, so hearing that Jada was planning to make herself the subject of an episode automatically piqued our attention. Lo and behold, on a July 10 episode, Jada confirmed that she had had a relationship with Alsina, denying that Will condoned it and explaining that the two had allegedly been separated at the time.
What’s an “entanglement”?
On said Red Table Talk, Jada referred to her relationship with Alsina as an “entanglement,” promptly causing the word to replace Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” as the prevailing relationship lexicon of our times. On July 20, Alsina dropped a new song titled “Entanglements”, which not-so-coincidentally included the lyrics, “”Girl I know that we don’t call it a relationship, but you’re still f—in’ with me.”
How is 50 Cent involved?
On July 11, the rapper posted a screenshot of a DM exchange with Will that he apparently initiated after the Red Table Talk:
In the DM, Will appeared to confirm Jada’s story that the two were broken up at the time of Jada’s “entanglement” with Alsina, writing, “We broke up so she did her and I did me.” That’s the last word for now, but who knows what will happen tomorrow?