In their first public appearance since Chris Rock got slapped at the 2022 Academy Awards earlier this year, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith appeared content and at ease with one another.
On August 13, as they wore casual attire for a lunch date at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California, the actor and actress were seen walking closely together outside. Will’s wife held on to his shirt and trailed closely behind him as he made a smile and peace sign gesture to cameras and onlookers.
While Jada was sporting a black button-down top with a red, white, and blue plaid shirt tied around her waist, black pants, and black and white sneakers, he was sporting a short-sleeved navy blue top with a collar, matching navy blue pants, white sneakers, and a baseball cap.
She also wore hoop earrings and sunglasses. The attention on them during the sunny afternoon appeared to make neither of them feel uncomfortable or unhappy.
Will Smith’s apology to Chris Rock
Will made headlines a few weeks ago for speaking out about the slap that occurred after Chris made a joke about Jada’s shaved head in a YouTube video, breaking a long silence.
In the video, he expressed his regret to Chris and his family and addressed some of the most frequent inquiries regarding the incident, which he described as a “mistake.” He acknowledged that he has been attempting to grow and recover from the entire experience.
“[I] spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and and the complexities of what happened in in that moment. And I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now,” Will said in the video.
“But I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment. There is no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” he further explained. “I hate when I let people down. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.”
“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,” he ended.