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Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that the Chris Rock-Will Smith slapping incident at the 2022 Academy Awards re-affirmed her commitment to her husband.

During an in-conversation event, in partnership with CAA and Vanity Fair, at the Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City on Monday night, Jada recalled how she and Will “did some deep work together” after he slapped Rock on stage at the Oscars ceremony when the comedian made a joke about Jada’s bald head.

“When I was sitting at the Oscars, it clicked in. I was like, ‘Oh snap, you hit Chris?’ Pinkett Smith said. “I was like, I’m riding with you. I didn’t come into this place as your wife, but I’m leaving here as your wife because we have a storm that we’re going to have to deal with together. I am not going to leave your side.”

Jada reflected on her separation from Will Smith for the past seven years. “In 2016, we both were exhausted — pulling at each other, power struggles — and I had to go and really learn how to love myself before I could even identify what loved looked like coming from somebody else,” she said.

“I had to really learn that about Will,” Jada added. “I wasn’t entitled to him.”

Jada also shared with the audience that Will — along with their children Trey, Jaden and Willow — granted her permission to include anything about their lives in her memoir.

“[Will] was like, ‘You haven’t been able to have your authentic voice through and through,” she explained. “‘I will be comfortable with whatever you have to share, I trust you.’”

Although Will read the book before she gave it to her editor, Jada revealed, “he didn’t change a word. He changed nothing.”

Jada’s new memoir, “Worthy,” will be released Tuesday.



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