Willow Smith has finally opened up about her reaction to seeing her father Will Smith slap comedian Chris Rock in the face at the 94th Academy Awards.
While the incident stunned the audience and viewers at home, the 21-year-old singer didn’t let it change the way she views her 53-year-old father in any way.
“I see my entire family as humans, and I love and accept them for all of their humanity,” the Meet Me At Our Spot hitmaker explained to the outlet.
Breaking her silence: Willow Smith has finally spoken about her reaction to seeing her father Will Smith slap Chris Rock across the face at the 94th Academy Awards; seen in march
She continued: ‘Because of the position we are in, our humanity is sometimes not accepted, and we are expected to act in a way that is not conducive to healthy human life and not conducive to being honest.’
While speaking about the assault, she said it didn’t ‘shock’ her other than her ‘own inner demons’.
His comments come after Will publicly apologized to Rock last month, on his social media channels, revealing that his former friend still hasn’t forgiven him.
While the incident stunned the audience and viewers at home, the 21-year-old singer wasn’t letting it change the way she records her father, 53 (Smith pictured himself hitting Rock earlier this year).
Smith said he had taken the last three months to ‘work’ on himself and now realized how many people he hurt when he punched Rock on stage at the awards.
“I reached out to Chris and the message he got is that he’s not ready to talk when he is, he’ll get through. So I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here when you’re ready to talk.
He also apologized to Rock’s mother and his entire family, specifically Rock’s mother and younger brother Tony.
I just didn’t realize how many people were injured at the time, so I want to apologize to Chris’s mom. I want to apologize.
“I see my whole family as humans, and I love and accept them for all of their humanity,” the Meet Me At Our Spot hitmaker explained.
“I want to apologize to Tony Rock…Tony Rock was my guy and this is probably irreparable,” he said.
He also apologized to Jada Pinkett Smith, his wife, whose honor he claimed to be defending with the outburst, saying she “had nothing to do with it.”
“I’ve spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and complexities of what happened at the time.
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had recently revealed that she suffered from alopecia and had shaved her head. Rock joked during his performance that she looked like ‘GI Jane’
I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can tell all of you that there isn’t a part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at the time.
“There’s not a part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
Rock, who was hosting the show, joked that Smith’s wife, Jada, looked like ‘GI Jane’ because of her bald spot.
He had recently revealed that he suffers from alopecia.
Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock after fuming, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
He went on to win Best Actor for his role in King Richard that night, but did not specifically apologize to Rock.
Insisting that his wife had nothing to do with the slap, he continued: “I made my own decision based on my own experiences from my story with Chris.”
Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry honey.
“I want to apologize to my children and my family for the heat that brought us all.
Supportive: She continued: ‘Because of the position we are in, our humanity is sometimes not accepted, and we are expected to act in a way that is not conducive to a healthy human life and is not conducive to being honest’ (family Smith seen in 2016)
‘To all my fellow nominees, this is a community.
“It’s like, I won because you voted for me and it breaks my heart that I stole and tarnished your moment.”
Smith went on to state that “letting people down” is his “core trauma”.
‘I can still see Questlove’s eyes. You know what happened at the Questlove award. You know, it’s like.
‘Sorry, it’s really not enough.
Smith said he had spent the last three months ‘reflecting’ on his behavior and realized how many people he had hurt.
‘Disappointing people is my core trauma. I hate when I let people down so it hurts.
“It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and impression that people had of me, and the job that I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply sorry.
‘And I’m trying to be sorry without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit.
“I would tell those people that I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you that I am deeply dedicated and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world.
“And, you know, if you hang in there, I promise we can be friends again,” he told fans he had let down.
Rock recently addressed the controversy at a show at Madison Square Garden, where he laughed.
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he told the crowd.
Smith issued his first apology to Rock in March. He posted a lengthy statement on Instagram where he said “violence in all its forms” was wrong.