Jada Pinkett Smith has shared a post to mark Bald is Beautiful Day, eight months on from husband Will Smith’s Oscars slap.
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (13 September) Pinkett Smith shared a selfie, along with the caption: “Happy Bald is Beautiful day to all my brothers and sisters with no hair.”
Pinkett Smith has been upfront about her experiences with alopecia, which she discussed for the first time during a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk.
Here, the actress and singer said: “A lot of people have been asking why I’ve been wearing turbans. Well, I haven’t talked about it. It’s not easy to talk about, but I am going to talk about it.
“I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my God, am I going bald?’”
She continued: “It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it.”
Pinkett Smith’s post comes months after the controversy that ensued at this year’s Oscars, when husband Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage over a GI Jane joke directed at his wife.
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At the 94th Academy Awards, things took a drastic turn when Rock said: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” in an apparent reference to her shaved head.
Moments after the comment was made, Smith approached Rock on stage and slapped him, before returning to his seat and shouting: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”
In July, Smith shared a video on his YouTube channel, where he sat down to answer questions he had been asked since the incident at the Oscars in March.
Titled ‘It’s been a minute’, it’s the first time Will had addressed the incident, which saw him be banned from Academy events for 10 years.
Smith apologised to Rock, as well as his family, and answered questions including whether Pinkett Smith had ‘told him to slap Chris’.
“No. It’s like, you know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it,” he said.
“I’m sorry babe. I wanna say sorry to my kids and my family, for the heat that I brought on all of us.”
He added: I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out.
“So I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Oscars Events In Opening Statement On First Red Table Talk Since The Slap
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Jada Pinkett Smith has addressed Will Smith’s Oscars slap in the first episode of Red Table Talk since the incident.
Smith then warned the comedian to ‘keep [his] wife’s name out [his] f***ing mouth’, before taking to the stage once more to win his first-ever Oscar for King Richard.
Anticipation has surrounded the return of Red Table Talk, particularly given it’s likely we’ll see a discussion about the events of the Oscars at some point during its run. However, don’t expect it any time soon.
The latest episode opens with a silent black screen and a message, which reads: “Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing.
“Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls.”
The rest of the episode, presumably filmed prior to the Oscars, doesn’t acknowledge the slap whatsoever. Amid the initial wave of controversy, Pinkett Smith also posted on Instagram: “This is a season of healing, and I’m here for it.”
The Men in Black star has since publicly apologised to Rock, resigned from the Academy and been banned from the Oscars for a whopping 10 years.
In an earlier statement, Smith said: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
“I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologise to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.
“I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”