After hilariously letting the entire world of Instagram in on her bedroom banter with boyfriend and Detroit emcee Big Sean, R&B songstress Jhene Aiko drew back the curtain even more on the juicy details of their intimate relationship.
Jhene sat down with Dotty on BBC Radio 1 Xtra and dished on how one of R&B and hip-hop’s favorite lovebird duos came to be. She recalled that they met and became friends in 2012, the year that her brother passed away and the same year her and Sean created their first, pre-TWENTY88 collaborations: “Beware” and “I’m Gonna Be.”
Thereafter, she said Sean asked her out on a date to a basketball game. Though Jhene admitted that she had a boyfriend at the time, the two only went as friends. Plus, she’d taking a friendly liking to Sean, she’d never been courtside to a game and she didn’t hide it from her then-boyfriend, either. Jhene was also in the middle of a break-up, she added, but because she was technically still a taken woman, she assured that she did not disrespect her relationship.
Still, a blog took their friendly outing and ran with it, posting a flick of the two from the game and naming her Big Sean's “Latino girlfriend.” To ensure that the rumor didn’t stretch too far, Jhene said she took to Twitter to clarify that they weren’t dating, as she didn’t want to upset her former boyfriend. However, they had already broken up for reasons much bigger than her platonic basketball game outing.
“We didn’t break up because of Sean,” she stated. “We broke up for other reasons because he was married. Secretly. I didn’t know—he was married to his baby’s mother. They hadn’t been together, but he wouldn’t give her a divorce. And I found this out because she told me.”
Understandably, Jhene said her trust in him was shot after the situation, and she made herself available for the I Decided emcee. Sean did feel a certain way about her aforementioned tweet, however, but she held true to her integrity that they honestly weren’t dating at the time. After she officially cut things off with her previous relationship, it was still a timing issue that kept her and Sean from getting to that point as well because he was no longer single. A couple break-ups and a perfect timing window later, and the two have finally made their way back to each other.
Now that the internet has gotten their hands on the story, the truth has been spun out of context, and Twitter is divided into two sections: the real news, and the fake. But, not if Jhene has anything to say about it, which she classily and thoroughly addressed as well.
See her actual statements, how the internet took it all in, and what she cleared up below.
so niggas mad cause Jhené Aiko went on a date with Big Sean while she was in a relationship.. y’all found out the man had a whole secret wife and family and she’s still being shamed.. lmfao what— courtney 🌹 (@youngcourttv) February 12, 2018
Big sean when Jhene aiko told him she had a man pic.twitter.com/ZArQz6cZAA— Sam Yeezy (@samstaydipped) February 13, 2018
The Jhene situation really represents how society disgustingly & unfairly shifts the blame to women, instead of blaming men who are in the wrong. Jhene’s Ex had a WIFE and FAMILY behind Her back, yet people are angry that she went to a game w/ Big Sean when she was with her ex?— fi (@Fiona_Western) February 12, 2018
Jhene Aiko slander will not prosper on my TL. Y’all flaming sis for going out with Big Sean as a friend while she was in a relationship, when half of y’all stay entertaining ur exes and every girl who spread her legs to let u hit when u got a girl. Oops— RayElise (@hunnybunchez_) February 12, 2018
No she was foul for that..bad terms or not. Thats something you just don't do. 🚫— Jayy (@JayyTbow) February 13, 2018
Jhene Aikos ex had a whole other family but y’all mad she went out on a date with Big Sean pic.twitter.com/aXlWHzf6Tn— luisa (@luisagibsonxo) February 12, 2018
Nobody:— . (@Adolfhibsta_) February 12, 2018
Jhene Aiko: “I went on a basketball game date with Big Sean while I had a boyfriend”
Everyone: “Wow that’s trash of you”
Jhene Aiko: “Why is there so many negative comments about me...wahhh”
The fact that y’all highlighted jhene went on a friend date with big Sean rather than highlighting her, then current man was MARRIED. Y’all suck.— Mickey T (@Ladiearth) February 12, 2018
Jhené Aiko’s husband when he saw her courtside with Big Sean pic.twitter.com/M6mNU7JpOJ— isaac TYPE BEAT (@Stat4Stat) February 12, 2018
This Jhene/“Big” Sean story ain’t nothing but reinforcement of what I been tryna tell y’all...— LaGreatness Ball (@Ladidahdi) February 12, 2018
Don’t let having a boyfriend keep you from being with the love of your life, okay?
Today in Black History we found out Big Sean hit Jhene with the classic “You can’t have friends?” after she said she had a boyfriend and it was successful— 🚮♻️🤴🏿 (@Ska2Dancehall) February 12, 2018
Jhene: “I got a boyfriend tho.”— Marcus (@ataraxiavibe) February 12, 2018
Big Sean: pic.twitter.com/34NDLerljH
Interviewer: so you went on a date with Big Sean while having a boyfriend?— . (@ktgonkt) February 12, 2018
Jhene: as a friend
maybe because i was home schooled (s/o to City of Angels💙) i never understood the concept of "gossip"... definitely seems like a highschool activity...— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
with that being said...— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
i saw a negative spirited tweet about myself, with lots of retweets and likes... based on one QUOTE from a FULL interview that was about ONE MOMENT in my life in which i did nothing but go to a basketball game lol... this quote has turned into gossip because of speculation...— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
before u respond, continue to read— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
yes i do have time today— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
in 2012 i was in a relationship w/someone who was secretley still married to his baby's mother the while hear and a half we were together... this person was not Dot— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
the whole year and a half we were together*— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
i found out and we began to seperate... he moved out of my apt, we stopped speaking... and then i went to basketball game w/ a friend. even tho we werent speaking, i called my then boyfriend and let him know i was going because im considerate 🤷🏻♀️ lol— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
it was a cool game! lots of laughs, we drank beer... and this last part may upset many of u... but after the game... i went home... there was no sucking,fucking,kissing, hand holding or sexting that followed— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
i went on to lose my brother 2 months after that basketball game. i remained single for awhile and decided to focus on my Nami and recording my ep "sail out" & album "souled out" ... and sorry to dissappoint yet again, but me and sean remained platonic friends through out— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
the rest of the story can be heard on "Trip" the album 👀 lol— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
for an in depth look u can also pick up "2fish" the poetry book 😙 lol— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
it's been my pleasure sharing with u guys!! but let's try in 2018 to gossip less and talk and listen to eachother more!! it would do a world of wonders for the entire human race 💙— Penny (@JheneAiko) February 12, 2018
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