According to a source, Will Smith has attempted to make amends with Chris Rock after the highly publicized slap that occurred at the 94th Academy Awards last year. The source stated that Smith, who won an Oscar for King Richard, has been “feeling terrible for so long” after striking Rock on stage in response to a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The source added that Smith has tried to make amends with Rock but has been unsuccessful so far.
The incident has caused Smith to rely on his family, including sons Trey and Jaden and daughter Willow, to cope with the aftermath. The source mentioned that Smith’s family is important to him and has helped him mature and look within himself. However, he is still remorseful.
Representatives for Smith and Pinkett Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rock had remained quiet after the incident, but he recently broke his silence during his Netflix special Selective Outrage, the first live-streamed event on the platform. During the special, he referred to Smith and Pinkett Smith as “b—-es” and made a joke about watching Smith “get whooped” in the slave drama Emancipation.
Rock also addressed the rumors that he had an “entanglement” with Pinkett Smith, a term that refers to headlines claiming that she had an affair with a friend of their son. Rock denied any involvement and stated that Pinkett Smith hurt Smith more than he did. He concluded his set by explaining that his parents taught him not to fight in front of white people.