Season 3 of Red Table Talk returned Monday with new episodes and a new discussion about Jada Pinkett Smith’s romantic relationship with singer-songwriter August Alsina.
Jada was joined at the red table by daughter Willow Smith, mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and professor and bestselling author Brené Brown, who spoke with the three remotely.
As the three hosts recalled their most vulnerable moments on the Facebook Watch series, Jada mentioned the episode where she and husband Will Smith discussed what she called an “entanglement” with Alsina.
Jada described the episode as “full blast of flaws, and feeling, and just the total breakdown of any mask.” But Willow said she appreciated her mom’s honesty.
“I want to put it on the table. I’m so proud of you. To be able to see you and dad do that. For me, that was like, ‘OK, that’s the real deal,'” Willow shared at the table. “That’s real love.”
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Willow added that she believes her parents took a powerful step by backing each other up. “When you can be like, ‘I’m with you. I’m going to stand by you and I’m going to hold your hand’… that’s really important,'” she said.
Alsina first revealed he had an affair with Jada during an interview in June, and he alleged Will gave him his blessing.
On the July 10 episode of Red Table Talk, Jada said she started out as friends with Alsina, but the nature of their relationship changed while she and Will were temporarily separated.
“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Jada said during the episode. “One thing I want to clean up… one of the things that was swirling in the press was about you giving ‘permission’ which is, the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself. But what I think August was trying to communicate … I think he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a homewrecker.”
Courage, vulnerability and shame expert Brené Brown later advised the women and viewers not to share their vulnerabilities with everyone, but instead to open up to people who have “earned the right to hear them.”
Watch the episode of Red Table Talk below.