The 19-year-old shared her thoughts publicly for the first time since Jada and her dad, Will Smith, discussed the actress’ years-long “entanglement” with the singer.
As Jada was discussing vulnerability with author and guest Brené Brown on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, she said the last time she felt vulnerable was when she admitted to having a relationship with 29-year-old Alsina on her show.
“For me, it would be the last RTT we did,” Jada, 49, told her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Brown and Willow. “Full blast of, like, flaws, and feeling and just the total breakdown of any mask.”
While Willow maintained her silence, on the September 29 episode of RTT she finally shared her thoughts on the scandal.
“I’m so proud of you,” she told her mother. “To be able to see you and dad do that, for me, that was like, okay that’s the real deal. That’s real love. When you can be like, I’m with you, I’m gonna stand by you and I’m gonna hold your hand because I love you. That’s what we do and that’s really important.”
It was on the July 10 episode of RTT that Jada came clean about having been involved with Alsina while briefly separated from Will briefly in 2015.
Her admission came almost two weeks after the R&B singer revealed their secret relationship in a YouTube interview with radio host Angela Yee, saying that the actor had given the pair his blessing.
“We were over,” Jada told 52-year-old Will in the episode. “From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August.
“One of the things I want to clear up that was kind of swirling in the press was you giving permission, which the only person who can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself. But what August was actually trying to communicate — because I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably — I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a homewrecker, which he’s not.
“I would definitely say that we tried everything we could to get away from each other, only to realise that that wasn’t possible… We ride together, we die together. Bad marriage for life.”
The couple married in 1997 and share two children together: Willow and son Jaden, 22.