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Was Will Smith crying on Instagram, specifically about his marriage with wife Jada Pinkett Smith? That’s the claim one celebrity gossip website made today. Gossip Cop looked into the story and came to our own conclusion.

Media Take Out reported today that Will Smith had uploaded a video to Instagram that allegedly showed the actor looking like he’d just finished crying. The disreputable outlet, who Gossip Cop has busted multiple times in the past for spreading false rumors, claimed that marital issues were the cause for Will’s tears.

At the beginning of the month, rapper August Alsina, who’s been connected to the Smith family for years, claimed he’d carried on a romantic relationship with Jada for years, with Will’s blessing. Though the outlet insisted Alsina said Jada and Will had been living separate lives, Gossip Cop could not find that exact phrasing anywhere in Alsina’s interview with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee. The closest we could find was the following quote:

"I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation. Due to the transformation from their marriage to [a] life partnership that they spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing."

The rapper alleged that the spouses’ marriage had evolved into a “partnership” that supposedly didn’t involve “romanticism.” That’s not the same thing as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith living separate lives at all, but that’s a bit beside the point.

The video the online gossip site focuses on is a clip Will uploaded yesterday where he speaks passionately about the sort of leaders he believes should be elected to office. It’s impossible to tell if Will had been crying before the video, or if possibly the discussion that took place before the clip starts was particularly emotional. It appears that the screenshots the gossipmonger was so kind to include are from an Instagram Live video, which has since been erased, so without the context, it’s hard to discern.

What is clear, however, is that this shameless outlet, which we sometimes refer to as "Media Fake Out," is merely exploiting Will Smith because he and his family have been in the news a fair bit recently thanks to August Alsina’s allegations. Though Gossip Cop can’t speak on the other allegations made in this farcical article, we feel confident calling it out for falsely implying that Will Smith was crying about his marriage on Instagram.

This is hardly the first time a tabloid has written about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s marriage, nor is it the first time a tabloid has gotten the story wrong. The Globe once claimed that Jada and Will’s marriage was a sham. Gossip Cop set the record straight. Before that, the National Enquirer claimed Jada not wearing her wedding ring on TV was a sign of marriage trouble for the couple. Once again, Gossip Cop found that this was not the case. Tabloids make up stories so often, it’s hard to understand how they can write this drivel with a straight face.

Update: Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her relationship with August Alsina on the latest episode of Red Table Talk, a show she hosts for Facebook Watch. This time, her husband appeared alongside her to address the situation. "We were purposely never saying anything," Will said. "We specifically never said anything. Coming to the table, we just felt like it got to the point where you got to say something."

Pinkett Smith then explained how she and her husband became acquainted with the singer, saying that they met a then-sickly Alsina four and half years ago. Their son, Jaden Smith, who's a musician as well, made the first introduction, and from there, the Smiths helped Alsina through his health issues. "The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health," Pinkett Smith said. "We found all those different resources to help pull him through, and from there, you and I were going through a very difficult time."

Will, in response, said that he was "done with" her at the time, and his wife explained that they actually "broke up" and "decided that we were going to separate for a period of time." As the two spent time apart, she got "entangled" with Alsina, which she later clarified after her husband asked her what she meant by that. "Yes, it was a relationship absolutely," she answered.

Unfortunately for Media Take Out, the couple's next comments shut down their story completely. The Matrix 4 star explained that Alsina eventually cut off contact with her after she made some emotional strides and realized she still loved her husband. "And I let that be and hadn't talked to him since, so it is a little weird that all this stuff is coming out now since this was several [years ago]." Will agreed, saying, "For me, this was years ago."

Although we've missed the mark on the relationship itself in past busts about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's marriage, we're able to cop to our mistakes about the actress and Alsina sharing a relationship in the past — unlike most tabloids and gossip sites, it doesn't take a lawsuit for us to admit when we got it wrong. However, it is important to point out that the Smiths' explanation makes it clear that this is an old and resolved situation.

Every rumor about Will crying, the couple splitting up, or Pinkett Smith running off with Alsina now that we know the singer ghosted her shortly after their relationship is clearly still false. If anything, it seems like the husband and wife's frustrations and discomfort are more to do with the fact that they've had to open up about a very personal time in their lives to address the kind of obviously incorrect gossip Media Take Out is infamous for.

With additional reporting by Griffin Matis.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.

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