Will Smith issues apology to Chris Rock
Jada Pinkett Smith has seen a lot in her long career in showbiz, but witnessing her husband Will Smith slap Chris Rock across the face on live TV at the 2022 Oscars takes the cake.
After more than a year, she’s broken her silence and opened up about the incident in an interview with People and in her new book Worthy.
Will, 55, stormed on stage to hit Rock after the actor made a joke about Jada’s shaved head (she lives with alopecia – an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss).
Rock, 58, said: “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it.”
The actress, 52, rolled her eyes at the comment and Will seemed to smile at first until he realized what the comedian had said, desciding to slap him in front of the entire room and millions of viewers.
Rock said: “Oh wow! Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.”
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In response, Smith yelled angrily from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!”
Stunned, Rock replied: “Wow, dude! It was a G.I. Jane joke.”
Smith repeated even louder and more angrily” “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!!!”
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum walked away with an Oscar later in the night and cried during his acceptance speech. He later apologised for his behavior.
Jada has kept silent about the incident ever since, until her recent interview with People.She revealed that as it happened, she thought it was a skit she wasn’t aware would occur.
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Jada was just as shocked as the other celebrities in the audience and the millions watching at home.
The actress explained: “I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him.’ It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.”
Then, once she was alone with her husband after the show, she uttered the only words she could think of: “Are you okay?”
The answer isn’t exactly clear, but a work in progress, and Jada has written about it in her new book Worthy, out on October 17.
She added: “I’m going to be by his side, but also allow him to have to figure this out for himself.”
However, Jada also dropped a bombshell to People on her relationship with Will.
She revealed that they have been separated for seven years, since 2016.
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Which means the couple were living separately when the Oscars slap happened in 2022.
The actress explained that she and Will don’t currently know where their marriage will end up, but they’re trying to “figure it out” and are doing “really heavy-duty work together.”
The mother-of-two reassured fans by emphasizing that they still have a “deep love” for each other despite current difficulties.
Jada also thanked their shared children, Jaden and Willow, as well as Will’s son from a previous relationship Trey, for standing by her and sharing their “unconditional love” for both her and their father.
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