August Alsina Said Opening Up About His Relationship With Jada Pinkett Smith Was "Necessary"

He needed to "clear the air."

After Jada Pinkett Smith let the entire world know her side of the August Alsina story on Red Table Talk — with husband Will Smith in attendance, no less — Alsina sat down with Vulture to say that part of why he came forward with the relationship was to "clear the air." He told the site that everything that he did was "necessary" in order for him to move forward from the relationship, er, entanglement, and close that chapter of his live.

He told Vulture that everything was coming together to form the perfect web of discontent. They were all in the spotlight, there were real feelings swirling around, and there was already speculation.

"This became very complex for me because we're all public figures, and there was a lot of chatter around my name and her name," Alsina said. "I'm pretty expressive. And when I love something or love someone, I express that. Over time, I was expressing my love externally and outwardly, and when you are in a situation, and you super in love, it's like, fuck it. I don't care what anybody thinks. This is just how I feel."

August Alsina and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2017 BET Awards
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"But once I got to step out of it and step outside of it, there would be people bringing how I looked to my attention," he added. "People looked at me as this problematic guy who was super reckless, like I'm pushing up on someone's wife. I didn't really like that. I didn't like the sound of that, especially when it wasn't the truth."

Alsina said that keeping his relationship a secret and having only one side of the story come to light was affecting him personally and professionally. He didn't want the world to see him as someone who injected himself into a marriage or someone who was in love with someone else's wife.

"That started to really eat at my soul, but deeper than that, it started to fuck with my partnerships and business relationships and money because of people seeing me as this reckless guy who's, like, publicly announcing his love and pushing up on somebody's wife, quote, unquote," he said.

Pinkett Smith described their relationship as an "entanglement" during Red Table Talk and Alsina didn't disagree, noting that "entanglement" would describe the situation perfectly thanks to all the complexities that they had to deal with and the circumstances that they were under.

"I don't know why that word is such an issue," he said. "I would agree [with Jada]. If you look up the definition of 'entanglement,' it is a complex and difficult relationship. It was exactly that. I think it's just the language that probably stuck out to people. But I definitely have to agree with it being an entanglement. It definitely was something complicated, a complicated dynamic."

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