Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence after her husband Will Smith struck Chris Rock across the face at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Will Smith’s actions were prompted by a joke Rock had made about his wife’s bald head. She suffers from alopecia, which is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.
Pinkett Smith, who has been vocal about her condition, on Tuesday morning appeared to allude to the ordeal with a simple quote on Instagram: “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”
Will Smith made headlines after he stormed onto the stage where Rock was presenting an Oscar for best documentary and hit him with an open palm. He then returned to his seat and continued to berate Rock, shouting at him to leave Pinkett Smith alone.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your … mouth,” he said.
Smith later apologized to Rock in an official statement on Instagram, describing his behavior as “unacceptable and inexcusable” and explaining that Rock’s joke about his wife’s medical condition struck a nerve.
“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 and I reacted emotionally,” he wrote.
Pinkett Smith has been vocal about her condition over the years. She first opened up about alopecia in 2018 on her “Red Table Talk” series. Continue reading at Newsmax.