The scandal that started with Chris Rock's joke during the Oscars seems to have taken a life of its own. Immediately after Rock poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith over her baldness, Will Smith jumped on stage and slapped him on live television in front of the shocked attendees.
Now, another detail has added a twist to the ever-evolving story. People are starting to see the whole scandal in a whole different light.
To Begin With, It Has Not Been Easy For Will Smith
The past few years have been quite rocky for the famous actor, especially in his personal life.
Controversy Started When Jada's Affair Was Revealed To The Public
Rumors about alleged infidelity between the pair had been circulating for years. But this time, the couple was immediately put under public scrutiny.
Then a new rumor emerged, and it shocked everyone.
The Couple's Marriage Was Not What It Seemed
Amid the scandal, Will also admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, Jada.
Will And Jada Met In 1994
Jada was 19, and she had just auditioned to play the role of Will's girlfriend in the popular comedy Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The Two Had An Instant Connection
Will is much taller at the height of 6'2", while Jada is 5'. The two became friends, and the friendship eventually became a full-blown romance.
In 1994, Will was married to Sheree Fletcher, and he was still married when he started seeing Jada. Will and his ex-wife would get divorced a year later, in 1995.
After that, they shared custody of their son Trey.
Will Was Finally Free To Pursue Jada
After the dissolution of his marriage to Sheree, Will asked Jada if she was seeing anyone, and when she said she wasn't, they started dating.
Will and Jada got married in 1997 after two years of dating at a private ceremony. The wedding took place at the Cloisters Mansion, close to Baltimore, Jada's hometown.
Jada Was Soon Pregnant With The Couple's First Child
A year after Will and Jada got married, Jaden was born. He is now 23, and 21-year-old Willow was born two years later.
Jaden and Willow pursued music careers, and they are now well-known in the hip-hop and rap industry.
The Smiths Seem Like The Perfect Family
Sadly, the family situation proved that nothing is as perfect as it seems.
Insights into their complicated marriage started with Jada's suggestion that they have an open marriage.
This detail came to light in an interview she gave in 2013.
Jada Eventually Confirmed The Rumors In An Interview
During an interview in 2013, Jada said that she and Will were free to do whatever they wanted. Will could be "his own man," and she enjoyed the same privileges.
Soon After, Jada Made A Facebook Post Discussing Open Marriage
She pointed out the difference between trust and love and said it was essential to discuss how the two work together.
Will Also Talked About Their Marriage In 2018
While on TIDAL's Rap Radar podcast, he claimed that they no longer characterized their relationship as a marriage. Instead, they referred to themselves as "life partners."
They were in a place where they knew they would be with each other for life for good, which means there were no deal-breakers whatsoever.
Before long, the story had another interesting twist.
August Alsina Made Some Shocking Claims About Jada
In 2020, the singer made some pretty shocking claims. In his song, "Nunya," he suggested having a consensual relationship with Jada.
He Also Claimed Will Had Approved Of The Unusual Union
This claim made the story even more scandalous. Alsina also claimed the relationship had been going on for several years.
August Spoke To Will About The Relationship
During an interview with Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club, August admitted that he had met Will and talked about the relationship. Apparently, Will approved and gave Alsina his blessing.
During the interview, he admitted that he gave himself entirely to the relationship. He thought so highly of the affair that he knew he would die having given himself entirely to someone.
In Conclusion, Alsina Said…
In the end, Alsina felt that some people never experienced what he had with Jada throughout their lives.
Jada Spoke Out After Alsina's Comments
While on The Red Table, Jada discussed the issue further.
The Red Table Is An Infamous Platform That's Popular Among Smith Fans
Jada and her daughter Willow host the show. On the show, people discuss personal issues and experiences.
The Whole Family Had Been On The Show Many Times Before
The family has talked about serious family issues on the platform.
However, This Episode Was Special
Jada made a full confession. Months later, Will would confirm her claims.
In 2021, He Admitted To Having Sexual Affairs While Married To Jada
He made the revelations during an interview with GQ Magazine in 2021. Will explained that he and Jada did not believe in a traditional marriage, mainly because Jada had family members who didn't.
Will also said that even though they were in a monogamous relationship, it did not mean that this was their idea of a perfect relationship.
Will Talked About Truth Being The Only Path To Happiness
Despite saying that he was also "unfaithful" in the relationship, he did not give further details about his claims. According to Will, the couple enjoyed trust and freedom with the faith that they would find their way.
He believed that the freedoms they had given each other and the unconditional support they offered each other were, to him, the ideal definition of love.
Once Again, Will And Jada Are In The Spotlight
During the Oscars, Will stormed on stage and punched Chris Rock after the comedian joked about Jada.
Rock Made A Joke About Jada's Baldness
Rock said, "Jada, can't wait for G.I. Jane 2." In the G.I. Jane film, Demi Moore had a bald head, and Jada was bald after alopecia.
Initially, Will Seemed Amused, But Jada Wasn't
Will then stormed onto the stage and slapped Rock before getting back to his seat, from where he started to shout obscenities at Rock.
Will Got The Award For Best Actor Soon After
During his acceptance speech, he made an apology for what had just happened.
Will Talked About Being Able To Take Abuse
As an actor, he said he had learned to handle having people talk crazy things about him.
After The Event, Will Was Seen Talking To His Publicist
He also talked with several celebrities such as Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington.
The Following Day, Will Apologized To Chris Rock On Instagram
He apologized to Rock, The Academy, the audiences who were watching the show, as well as the producers.
Will also apologized to the Williams family and the King Richard Family.
Will Admitted That What He Had Done Was Unacceptable And Inexcusable
His only problem, he said, was that a joke about Jada's medical condition was more than he could bear. He went on to say that there was no place for violence in a world of love and kindness and said he was still a work in progress.
A Huge Debate Started With People Arguing Who Was In The Wrong
Some people said Will's reaction was uncalled for, while others felt that Rock was insensitive with his joke.
In one of these videos, Will can be seen mocking a bald man. This has made many call the actor a hypocrite.
Will was joking with John Williams, a bassist, about his baldness.
The Actor Said Williams Had To Wax His Head
The video shows Will saying:
"Like, he has a rule, the bass player? He's got a rule: He's gotta wax his head every day. That's a rule."
The audience laughed awkwardly, and Will said he was just joking.
Rock Was Clueless About Jada's Condition
According to new information, Rock was unaware that Jada suffered from alopecia. His brother Kenny Rock claimed while talking to the Los Angeles Times.
Kenny said that the joke was funny but not hilarious. He also said that if Rock had known about the condition, he would not have joked about it.
Kenny also expressed the distress of seeing his brother getting attacked:
"It eats at me watching it over and over again because you've seen a loved one being attacked and there's nothing you can do about it."
Kenny Accused Will Of Belittling Rock
Kenny feels that Will has no respect for his brother, so he hit him, belittling him as millions of people had watched.
He also feels that Will did not initially apologize to Rock when he got an opportunity to get on stage to accept the award was very telling.
Kenny Has Not Accepted Will's Apology
Rock's brother refuses to accept Will's apology a day later because he believes it was not genuine. He believes that Will's publicist and those working under him persuaded him to make the apology.
Do you agree with Rock's brother on this matter?