As is his wont, Charlamagne Tha God did not hold his tongue on Tuesday morning’s (July 14) Breakfast Club when discussing the recent revelation by Jada Pinkett Smith on her Red Table Talk series that during a rough time in her marriage to Will Smith she had what she described as an “entanglement” with singer August Alsina.
“Jada Pinkett Smith was dead-ass wrong,” Charlamagne said, noting that Alsina reportedly came to Smith during a time of struggle seeking counsel and he feels that the actress took advantage of the situation. “That young man came to her broken, in need of healing and her response is, ‘I wanted to feel good… I hadn’t felt good in a long time?’ So ya slept with him? Never mind how this young man is feeling, you just gotta get yours? That is the epitome of toxic behavior.”
Charlamagne went further, saying that Pinkett Smith led with the “toxic masculine and not the divine feminine,” criticizing the Red Table Talk host for giving advice on her show when she “clearly hadn’t done the work on herself.” He was particularly peeved by the way the Smiths signed off from the episode, saying in unison, “we ride together, we die together, bad marriage for life,” with a laugh.
“What kind of message is that?” Charlamagne said sounding irritated, noting that he’s been with his wife for more than 20 years and they’ve had their up-and-down Will and Jada moments, but questioning staying in a bad marriage no matter what.DJ Envy agreed, advocating for couples have open conversations about their issues and saying that the Smiths’ talk didn’t feel like that to him and that it was portraying a “look” for the cameras.
In the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith sat down with her movie star husband for a candid conversation surrounding the recent headlines about her affair with Alsina. The 48-year-old actress admitted that her relationship with the singer started about four-and-a-half years ago while she and Smith were separated. “I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken,” she said. “Now in the process of that relationship I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself.”
Pinkett Smith said her relationship with Alsina allowed her to confront her own “emotional immaturity” and insecurity, and do some “deep healing.” She added that her romance with Alsina ended after the singer stopped all communication with her. “Aug and I haven’t talked in so long,” the actress noted. Smith clarified that it was more than an “entanglement,” it was a “relationship,” which Pinkett Smith agreed with.
All that said, Envy added that he does believe Pinkett Smith was trying to help Alsina, but felt that she may have taken advantage of a young man at his lowest point. “You gotta be all the way honest or don’t give us anything at all,” Charlamagne responded. “Don’t front like you’re healed when you’re really broken. Really, really, really clearly broken.” The team also took some calls from listeners responding to the situation.
Watch the Breakfast Club segment below.