Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence with note about ‘healing’ after Will Smith hits Chris Rock

‘This is a season for healing,’ reads quote

Olivia Petter
Tuesday 29 March 2022 16:53 BST
Related video: Moment Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars
Leer en Español

Support truly
independent journalism

Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth.

Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts.

Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas


Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence following the controversy surrounding the Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars incident.

On Sunday 27 March, Smith unexpectedly took to the stage during the ceremony before proceeding to hit Rock and later shout from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth”.

The altercation took place after Rock, who was presenting an award, made a joke about Pinkett Smith, referring to her as “GI Jane 2” in reference to her shaved head.

The actress has been outspoken about her struggle with alopecia on social media, joking on Instagram in December that she would decorate a new bald patch with rhinestones.

Now, following a public apology issued by Smith, Pinkett Smith has shared her first social media post since the incident.

The post simply states the following words against a pale pink background: “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it”.

Pinkett Smith did not add a caption to her post and has imposed restrictions on who can and cannot leave a comment underneath.

On Monday, Smith issued an apology for his actions, explaining that he was “out of line”.

In his apology, the King Richard star, who took home the Best Actor award on the night, said he understood that jokes were part of his life as a public figure, and that “violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive”.

He continued: “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear emotionally.

“I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in