According to a close source, the Aladdin actor was “in hell” due to the backlash he received after falling out with Rock.
By: Mohnish Singh
Will Smith’s emotional video of Chris Rock finding an apology for hitting him on live television at the 94th Annual Academy Awards in March 2022 caught everyone’s attention. However, days after his heartfelt apology, a source told an outlet that the decision was inspired by Jada Pinkett. Yes, you read it right! According to the source, Pinkett asked Smith to apologize to Rock after seeing her husband “in hell” over the controversy, which doesn’t seem to “want to die down.”
“Jada has also been pushing Will to apologize because it’s gotten this really dark cloud over her Red Table Talk series,” the insider tells the outlet, adding that Smith, 53, “never apologizes publicly.” wanted,” but knew the public had been waiting for “any mention of this moment.”
The source also told the publication that the Aladdin actor was “in hell” due to the backlash he was receiving after the altercation with Chris and wanted to find a way to “move forward” without going over the slap again speak.
“His team had hoped the controversy would die down, but that’s just not the case,” the insider said. “It would be impossible for him to advance successfully if he weren’t (pointing at the slap).”
A few days ago, the King Richard actor took to social media to share a video addressing the situation. “It’s been a minute… I’ve had a lot of thinking and personal work over the past few months… You’ve asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer,” the caption read before the clip. which was posted via Instagram on Friday, July 29th.
“I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” Will said in a message to Chris. “I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that’s come back is that he’s not ready to speak and if he is, he’ll be in touch,” Will said. “Well, I’ll tell you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
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