They’re all affected. Will Smith’s family is dealing with the consequences of his confrontation with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, as they await the outcome of the Academy’s investigation.
“It’s been a nightmare for everyone,” a family source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Will understands that the road to atonement will be long and difficult, and there’s a part of him that’s come to terms with the fact that he’ll never be able to entirely repair the harm he’s done.”
Smith’s family, which includes wife Jada Pinkett Smith, sons Tre, 29, and Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21, has stayed silent about the matter to avoid drawing even more attention to the situation. “They know staying tight-lipped is the best course of action,” the insider said. “Time is the only healer.”
On March 27, the 53-year-old Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum made news when he slapped Rock, 57, during the event. The comedian made a joke about Pinkett Smith, 50, appearing in G.I. Jane 2, referring to her shaven head, while presenting an award. Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his seat and demanding him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king lips,” as the Matrix actress rolled her eyes.
While accepting the best actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard, the Philadelphia native apologized for his actions. “In my life, I’m being called on to love people, to protect people, and to be a river to my people,” Smith remarked at the moment, visibly moved. “I’d like to express my regret to the academy.” I’d want to express my regret to all of my fellow nominees… Love, on the other hand, will drive you insane.”
The “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” rapper openly apologized to Rock the next day for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” outburst during the awards show. “I’d like to make a public apology to you, Chris.” I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. “Violence has no place in a world of love and kindness,” Smith said in an Instagram message.
“I’d also like to apologize to The Academy, the show’s producers, all of the attendees, and everyone watching around the world,” he concluded. I’d like to express my regret to the Williams and King Richard families. I am very sorry that my actions have marred what has otherwise been a wonderful adventure for all of us.”
On March 29, Pinkett Smith appeared to react to the incident by posting a comment on Instagram that said, “This is a season for healing, and I’m here for it.”
“You know who’s going through a lot right now? You know who’s going through a lot right now?” Willow wrote on Instagram the same day. Everyone, in fact. Just remember to be nice.” She tweeted some philosophical comments on Saturday, April 2, which some fans mistook for a response to her father’s Oscars issue. Willow wrote, “The meaning of life is discovered in difficulty.” “Life is a chain of events.”