The Brief: An entanglement is the act of being entangled or caught in a physical trap. It is also defined as being involved in a complicated relationship.


Entanglement is the act of being entangled, trapped, or caught. The term also refers to a complicated or compromising relationship or situation.

The latter meaning became a popular term in July 10, 2020 after Jada Pinkett-Smith used it to define her relationship with rapper August Alsina while separated from her husband Will Smith on her talk show Red Table Talk.

“We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I’ll figure out how to make myself happy,” Will said on the show, before Jada replied, “From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August.”

The word quickly became the focus of  internet culture, inspiring memes and songs.