The "entanglement" didn't affect their friendship.

By Christopher Luu
Aug 19, 2020 @ 4:29 pm
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After releasing an actual song called "Entanglements" and letting Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk episode sink in, August Alsina explained to People that even though many see him as a "homewrecker," everything is fine between all parties involved. Alsina said that he maintains a "deep respect" for the Smiths and never intended to "cause trouble."

"It's just a part of life, and it's a part of the journey," he said. "There's a lot of love there. Sometimes, truth is complicated and difficult. But [my relationship with them isn't] broken at all."

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As for the timing of the news, Alsina said that he needed to get his side of the story out before the release of his album, because the rumors were casting him in a negative light. Speculation was rampant about Alsina and Jada hooking up while she and Will were handling issues with their marriage just as release of The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy was on the horizon.

"I never really cared about what people thought of me, but my personal life started to seep into my business life," he added. "There were certain falsities about me, and it affected my business relationships. I could understand why it would look like I'm reckless or disrespectful so it really started to affect my livelihood, and I'm never OK with that."

He added that he's happy with how things worked out, because he maintained control of his own narrative.

"I'm always going to be in the driver's seat of my life and control my narrative," he continued. "I can't let anybody else do that for me."

Some listeners may call his single out for using the situation to get attention, but Alsina says he doesn't care. At the end of the day, he needs to make music that'll get played.

"It was cool when people were able to use it as a mockery of me, like, 'Oh, you're an entanglement,'" he said. "When I flipped it, it became a problem for people. Like, 'Oh, you're clout-chasing.' I'm just doing business. It's not personal."