It has been a month since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in an onstage altercation at the 2022 Oscars. Can we stop talking about it now? Nope, that was a trick question. The actor struck the comedian after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head (the actress suffers from alopecia). The incident sent shockwaves across the board. Will Smith, who won an award in the Best Actor category for King Richard has since been banned by the Academy.
In his first appearance since the Oscars 2022 controversy, Will Smith was spotted at Mumbai’s Kalina airport. He was snapped as he made his way out of his car and interacted with a few fans. The actor’s sudden appearance in India sparked questions about the reason for his visit and whether the decision was owing to the controversy surrounding him. As per reports on a popular news portal, Smith’s trip to India was a planned family vacation that his wife Jada Pinkett Smith “insisted” on. “There had been talk of cancelling the trip but Jada insisted,” the portal’s source noted.
Another report revealed that the star is visiting India for spiritual purposes including meditation and yoga. Smith’s pictures also led to speculation of his meeting with spiritual leader Sadhguru amidst the Oscars slapgate but those reports turned out to be rumours. Sadhguru’s team revealed in a statement that the actor did not meet him.
Will Smith shared an apology to Chris Rock, the Academy and his King Richard co-stars a day after the Academy Awards ceremony. More recently, Jada Pinkett Smith announced the comeback of her show Red Table Talk. The premiere opened with a message that read , “Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing. Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls.”