The moment that everyone has been waiting for has arrived. Will Smith has broken his silence, addressing the now infamous “slap heard around the world” when he attacked comedian and fellow actor Chris Rock live on the Academy Awards stage.
Not many will ever forget when Smith, who is known for his calm and cool demeanor, walked up and struck Rock after he made a “not-so-funny” joke about his wife’s bald head. Rock later said he did not know that Jada Pinkett Smith was suffering from alopecia, a hair loss disease.
Regardless, many came to Rock’s defense, saying Smith was out of line and the Academy banned Smith from participating at the Oscars ceremony for the next decade. Others were more on Smith’s side, saying that the man was pushed to the breaking point from personal issues and was defending the woman he loved.
At any rate… Smith is finally speaking up.
In a video posted on Smith’s official Youtube page, the legendary “Fresh Prince” and “Bad Boys” rapper and actor said he was remorseful about what he did, and said his wife was not responsible for his actions.
“I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my own history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it,” he said.
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Smith expressed regret for what he feels hurt his loved ones.
“Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down. So it hurts, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me,” Smith said. “And the work I’m trying to do is, I am deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake, and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of s**t.”
As far as Rock is concerned, Smith said he has reached out to his former friend, but the comedian is not yet ready to speak.
“It’s all fuzzy,” Smith said. “I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Smith also apologized to Rock’s mother and, particularly his brother Tony Rock, whom he says he used to be great friends with. Smith fears their relationship may now be “irreparable.”