Two sources have spoken out to People about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's marriage following the couple revealing that Pinkett Smith had a relationship with singer August Alsina during a period when they were privately separated.
One source made it clear that the couple's high-profile status created more pressure for them to amend their issues and stay together. Smith in particular felt "more of the pressure" to make his relationship with Pinkett Smith work.
"They're two different people trying to make it, and on top of it there's this huge spotlight on them," the outlet's first source said. "People are always going to grow and change, but most don't have the world watching their every move while they do that."
A friend of Pinkett Smith's spoke to People about her feelings for Smith, telling the outlet that "she would be the first person to admit marriage is hard work, but she will always love Will. Even when they haven't been together, Jada always spoke of her marriage as something special."
People's sources echoed Us Weekly's source from earlier this week. A source told Us Weekly that the two believe candidly speaking about their marriage (and separation) on Red Table Talk was "the best move for their family."
"They are a very vulnerable and open pair," the insider said, adding later that "this wouldn’t even be a story if they weren’t famous—it’s a normal situation—break up, get back together."
Smith and Pinkett Smith released the 12-minute Red Table Talk episode days after Alsina revealed he had been involved with Pinkett Smith in an interview.
"People can have whatever ideas that they like. But what I'm not okay with is my character being in question ..." he told Angela Yee, via Complex. "Contrary to what some people may believe, I'm not a troublemaker. I don't like drama."
He went on to say that Smith gave Alsina his blessing. "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her [Jada]. I devoted myself to it. I gave my full self to it. So much so that I can die right now, and be okay knowing that I fully gave myself to somebody ... Some people never get that in this lifetime."
Pinkett Smith clarified in her Red Table Talk that Smith didn't actually give Alsina permission. "One thing I want clean up that was swirling about in the press is about you giving permission...the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself," she explained. "But what August was probably trying to communicate—because I could actually see how he could have perceived it as permission because we were separated amicably—and I also think he wanted to make it clear he was not a home wrecker, which he's not."
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