Willow Smith has spoken out about her mum Jada Pinkett Smith having an affair with singer August Alsina and said that she is "so proud" of her. The 19-year-old daughter of Jada, 49, and Hollywood star Will Smith. 52, sat down for a Red Table Talk session on Facebook Watch and revealed her thoughts on her parents' marriage almost crumbling.
The teenager said that they were "the real deal" when they spoke about Jada having an "entanglement" with August and how Will felt about his wife being with another man. Will and Jada said they were amid a private separation at the time, so it wasn't viewed as 'cheating' as their marriage was effectively over when Jada hooked up with 28-year-old August.
Willow sat down with her mum, grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and their guest Brene Brown to discuss vulnerability in an episode of the talk show that aired on September 28. Willow wasted no time in sharing her thoughts on her parents speaking openly about their marriage and how they have now repaired their differences.
She said: "I’m so proud of you, to be able to see you and Dad do that, for me, that was like, OK that was 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."
What was initially seen as an explosive reveal all about the state of Will and Jada's marriage has now become an example of how couples can overcome challenging situations. They have been married since 1997 and Will told Jada during their showdown on RTT: "I really felt like we could be over. We came together young and we were both broken in our own ways, and to be able to make mistakes without the fear of losing your family is so critical."
Jada replied at the time: "One of the things that I’m deeply grateful in this whole process between you and I is that we have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.” Will hit back: “Cause’ I wasn’t sure I was ever going to speak to you again. The fact that I’m speaking to you again is a miracle.”
Jada said near the end of their chat: "You gotta go through some s*** to get the answers. I’m just happy because I definitely believe you and I never ever, ever thought we’d make it back.”