Jada Pinkett Smith is celebrating her 50th birthday this weekend on September 18.
The American actress is best known for her roles in A Different World, The Nutty Professor, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Gotham and Girls Trip and is married to Will Smith.
The stars met in 1990 when Jada auditioned for a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 90s but Jada lost out on bagging a part in the hit series.
After meeting on the casting couch, the two remained friends - then in 1995 after Will ended his marriage with Sheree Zampino and Jada found herself single they began a romance.
They got married on December 31 1997 then welcomed son Jaden in 1998 and daughter Willow in 2000.
Will and Jada's relationship appeared one of the strongest in showbiz, with them both often gushing about one another and Will affectionately dubbing Jada his "Queen."
The couple were never rocked by infidelity rumours and when faced with speculation that they were on the rocks always rebutted claims with solid statements confirming that they were together.
But last year, Jada shocked many when she confessed to having an affair with August Alsina and spilling the details for all to know on her Facebook show Red Table Talk.
Jada and Will delved into their marriage after August shared claims he and Jada had a years-long affair with the blessing of her husband.
During the discussion, Jada referred to her relationship with August as an "entanglement."
Will detailed how he and Jada came to the decision to part as they thought they were going to end their marriage, prior to her hooking up with August.
Jada explained face-to-face on camera to her husband how being with August made her feel as she spilled that he gave her "joy" - sending shock waves through Hollywood.
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Jada embarked on the whirlwind romance for four and a half years with August - after meeting him through her son Jaden.
The husband and wife denied that Will gave his blessing to the extra-marital relationship.
During the Red Table Talk chat, Jada clarified that her husband didn't have to give the new love rival permission because they were over - almost "indefinitely".
She said: "As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement [with August]. You giving permission only circumstance is myself.
"August was probably trying to communicate, I could see how he would perceive it as permission as we were separated amicably. He wanted to make it clear he's not a home wrecker. Which he's not."
Jada poured out her heartbreak over her split from Will as she grieved what she thought was the end of their marriage while she romanced August.
The mother-of-two said she was "in a lot of pain" and "broken" as her marriage crumbled.
She said: "I was in a lot of pain. I was broken."
Jada added: "I wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good. It was really a joy to just help heal somebody."
After the unexpected insight into the affair, sources said the pair feel that this "wouldn't even be a story" if they weren't a high profile couple and that coming clean was the "best move for their family."
A source told Us Weekly : "They are a very vulnerable and open pair, and they felt this was the best move for their family."
The insider added: "This wouldn't even be a story if they weren't famous – it’s a normal situation – break up, get back together."
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