Why Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Are Talking About Their Past Split Jada and Will felt talking openly about their past separation was "the best move for their family." The couple confessed last week to having a brief break in their 23-year marriage, during which time Jada embarked on a romance with August Alsina. Insider, to 'Us Weekly' Jada and Will spoke about their split following claims made by Alsina, where he alleged that he got Will's "blessing" to have an affair with Jada. Jada initially denied August's claims, but last week confessed they did have a brief romance. She maintains it was not an affair, as she was separated from Will at the time. Will Smith, on 'Red Table Talk' Will Smith, on 'Red Table Talk'