An Instagram Live video shot on Jada Pinkett Smith’s phone in 2019 surfaced on Reddit today and it shows Jada as the villain and Will Smith as the dupe. Many blame Will’s temper tantrum and assault not on the hair joke from Chris Rock but on the other jokes made about Jada’s infidelity by the hosts of the Oscars.
In the video you can see below, Jada grills Will about therapist Esther Perel who was booked as a guest on Jada’s show, Red Table Talk, saying: “Would you say she has been instrumental in you and I redefining our relationship?”
Will, clearly annoyed, said: “I would say, don’t just start filming me without asking me if you can film me.” Jada fired back mocking Will calling him foolish. She said:
“Oh my goodness. Esther, come help us again, please. I’m still dealing with foolishness.”
Will ignored her and she persisted: “Would you say that she helped us heal the hurts that we caused between one another?” she asked again.
Will said: “My social media presence is my bread and butter, okay?
“So you can’t just use me for social media and not, you know, don’t just start rolling.
“I’m standing in my house. Don’t just start rolling. Don’t…”
Jada turned the camera back on herself with a villainous smile and said:
“Please watch Esther at the Red Table because she’s helped us a lot. Can’t you tell?”
But it gets worse for Will. Jada’s lover, R&B singer August Alsina, is cashing in on the scandal and will write a tell-all about his time with Jada.
Sources close to August said: “August is getting ready to sign a big-money book deal which will detail his romantic liaisons with Jada. He has always maintained that Will gave him permission to sleep with Jada, something they have publicly denied.
“There are several publishers bidding for the books and August is lining up the best deal.
“He knows there are a lot of people fascinated by his story and is happy to tell it,” the source said.
US Weekly talked to sources close to Jada who said: “It was in the heat of the moment and it was him overreacting. He knows that, she knows that. They’re in agreement that he overreacted.”
The source continued: “She’s not one of these women that needs protecting. He didn’t need to do what he did, she didn’t need protecting. She’s not a wallflower. She’s a strong woman, an opinionated woman and she can fight her own battles. But she will stand by him,” the source said.
In an earlier interview Will commented on Jada sleeping around on him. He said:
“Jada never believed in conventional marriage.… Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship.
“So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple?
“And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.
“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.
“And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody.
“But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”