It has been days since the Will Smith and Chris Rock Oscars altercation. Just when people were starting to think the controversy had died down, things took another turn, and nobody could have seen this coming.
A Lot Of Unexpected Things Have Already Happened
Here's the full scoop.
The Past Few Years Have Been Tough For Will Smith
Will Smith's personal life has been filled with one controversy after another.
First Of All, Jada's Affair Put His Family On The Spot
Jada's affair put the couple on the spot. It has been several years since rumors about their alleged infidelity towards each other started.
This time, however, there was a huge difference.
Shocking Details About Will And Jada's Marriage Emerged
As the story unfolded, it also emerged that Will had also "cheated" on Jada.
Will And Jada Met In 1994
19-year-old Jada met Will when she auditioned to play the role of his girlfriend in the hit comedy Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The Two Had An Immediate Connection
The two developed a friendship that evolved into a romance soon after. This was even though the pair had a massive height difference: Will is 6 feet 2 inches, while Jada is 5 feet tall.
When Jada and Will met, he was still married to Sheree Fletcher. He was still married when they started dating.
The divorce was finally completed in 1995, and Will and Sheree continued to share custody of their son Trey.
Will Was Finally Free To Pursue Jada
Once his marriage broke down, Will asked Jada if she was seeing anyone, and when she said she wasn't, their relationship began.
Two years after the pair started dating, the couple got married in 1997 in a private ceremony. The wedding took place at the Cloisters Mansion, in Jada's hometown.
Soon, Will And Jada Were Expecting A Child
Jaden was born a year after the couple married, and Willow was born two years later.
The two have since become musicians and are currently making waves in the music industry.
However, things are not what they seem.
Jada Suggested Their Marriage Was An Open Relationship
Jada made the revelation in 2013, to the shock of many.
In a HuffPost Live Interview, Jada confirmed that they were in an open marriage. She and Will had given each other the freedom to do what they wanted.
Will could be "his own man," and she enjoyed the same freedom.
Jada Posted About The Concept Of Open Marriage After The Interview
In the post, she said that the interview had proven to her the need to talk about the connection between trust and love and how they can co-exist.
In an interview with the Rap Radar podcast in 2018, Will Smith said they did not refer to their relationship as a marriage. They were simply "life partners," and there were no deal-breakers in their relationship.
Instead of things settling down, another scandalous rumor started.
August Alsina Made Very Shocking Claims About Jada
Alsina hinted that he was in a sexual relationship with Jada in 2020. The claims were in his song, "Nunya."
Will Knew Of The Relationship, And Approved Of It
Alsina claimed that his relationship with Jada had lasted several years. He also said that Will had approved of it.
Alsina And Will Discussed The Relationship
In an interview with Angela Yee from The Breakfast Club, he had a conversation with Will and got his blessing.
The musician revealed that he had a lot of love for Jada and devoted himself fully to their relationship. He also made it clear that he was okay with the relationship.
Alsina Felt The Relationship Was Very Special
Alsina said that the love he felt was something some people never get to have in their lifetimes.
Jada Spoke Out About Alsina's Claims
Jada decided to talk about Alsina's claims on The Red Table.
Fans Of The Smith Family Know The Infamous Red Table
Jada and Willow host Red Table Talk online. People sit around a red table or on a red couch and discuss personal issues and experiences.
The Smiths Have Been On The Red Table Talk Before
While on the show, Will and Jada have talked about various family issues.
In This Episode, Jada Got Everything Off Her Chest
Several months later, Will also had some confessions to make.
He Confessed To Having Affairs While Married To Jada
He made the admission during a CQ Magazine interview. Smith said that Jada did not believe in traditional marriage and that even though they chose monogamy, it was not their only definition of a perfect relationship.
According To Smith, Seeking Truth Is The Secret To Happiness
Smith and his wife believed they were pursuing the truth, and they also felt that the ability to withstand public scrutiny legitimized their decision.
The actor, however, did not go offer details about his extramarital affairs. He only said they had given each other freedom so that marriage wasn't a prison for them.
Nevertheless, he claimed that he was not suggesting that other people follow in their footsteps.
The Couple Is In The Headlines Once More
This time, the scandal started with Will punching Chris Rock during the Oscars. The comedian made a joke about Jada.
Rock Made A Joke At Jada's Expense
Rock compared Jada to G.I. Jane due to her shaved head. He said: "Jada, can't wait for G.I. Jane 2."
In G.I. Jane, Demi Moore spotted a shaved head. Jada lost her hair due to alopecia.
Initially, Smith Seemed Amused, But Jada Wasn't
Although Smith looked amused at first, he rushed to the stage and slapped Rock on the face. He then returned to the stage and started shouting obscenities at Rock.
Soon Afterwards, Will Was On Stage To Accept The Best Actor Award
During his award acceptance speech, he talked about the incident and said he was sorry to The Academy and other nominees.
He Said He Was In An Industry Where You Have To Learn To Take Abuse
He said he was in an industry where you have to learn to smile and pretend that all is well even when you are getting respect.
Later, Smith Was Seen Talking To His Publicist
In videos that emerged later, Will was seen talking to his publicist and other celebrities.
A day later, he apologized. His apology was directed at Chris Rock, The Academy, the show's producers, those who attended, and everyone watching.
He also apologized to his "King Richard Family."
He Described His Behavior As "Unacceptable And Inexcusable"
Despite the apology, he said that the joke about his wife's medical condition was more than he could bear. Still, he insisted that there was no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
People Can't Decide Who's Wrong
Many insist that what Will did was wrong, but some think Rock crossed the line.
After The Incident, Rock Stayed Away From The Public
On March 20, the comedian finally talked about the incident for the first time since the Oscars.
Rock Was On The Ego Death World Tour
He was at The Wilbur Theater, where the audience happily welcomed his arrival. The standing ovation took about 2 to 3 minutes.
He said he did not have a lot to say about the incident and had prepared material for the show before the weekend.
Rock Said He Was Still Processing What Happened
Nevertheless, he said that he would be talking about what took place at some point in the future and that when he does, it will be both serious and funny.
People Praised Him For Taking The High Road
A heckler called out Will Smith during the show's second night, and Rock quickly shut him down.
People reported that a heckler called out Will Smith over what he had done. The comedian had talked about the situation briefly as the show started.
The Heckler Shouted, "F**k Will Smith"
The night before, the crowd chanted "Will Smith."
Rock Ignored The Chants During The First Night Of The Show
When the incident took place on the first night of the show, Rock said nothing. But during the second night, he said, "No, no, no, no, no."