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Jada Pinkett Smith Says Will Smith Hadn’t Called Her ‘Wife’ in ‘a Long Time’ When 2022 Oscars Slap Occurred

For Jada Pinkett Smiththe shock of seeing Will Smith slap Chris Rock in it Academy Awards 2022 It was double.

The dramatic incident occurred just after Chris made the joke: “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2“I can’t wait to see it,” prompting the 52-year-old actress, who suffers from alopecia, to roll her eyes. Moments later, after Chris joked that it was “a nice (joke)” after encountering some awkward reaction from the audience, she saw will go on stage.

“I rolled my eyes not so much for myself, and I think this is really important, but for the fact that there could be a hit to alopecia,” Jada says in a new preview of her upcoming interview with Hoda Kotb.

In a preview of the interview, which aired Friday morning on Today is the show, Jada explains what was going through her head at the time when Will yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” at the 58-year-old comedian. Jada recently revealed that she and Will In fact, they have been separated since 2016..

“First of all, I’m really surprised because of course I’m not there; we haven’t called each other husband and wife in a long time,” she shares. “I wonder, ‘What’s going on right now?'”

As for the slap, Jada says she was “really worried about Will,” who took home an Oscar that night for his role in king richardand that the outburst was wildly out of character for him.

As clips of the nominated acts played for viewers at home, Jada says Chris tried to make contact with her in the audience.

“Chris looks at me and says, ‘Jada, I mean you, I didn’t mean to hurt you,'” she recalls. “I’m just out of it because I’m really worried about Will.”

At that point, Jada claims, Will was “still talking.”

“Now he’s mad because Chris is talking to me,” he says. “And I was like, ‘Chris, this is about some old shit.’ That’s all I could think to say, right. And I couldn’t really take in his apology.”

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Jada speculates that the issue may have stemmed from the “false narrative” she says she created in 2020 to explain her romantic relationship with August Alsina. At the time, Jada and Will sat together on their Facebook Watch series. Red table talk, for an emotional conversation.

“My honest opinion on this is that the narrative,” he says of the slap, “had more to do with the false narrative that I helped create at the Red Table.”

She continues, channeling the headlines that followed that year: “‘The adult wife who made him go to the table and sit there,’ you know what I mean? ‘And now, look what she’s done. She’s got power. with a roll of the eyes to make him go up and slap someone on stage.'”

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Will and Jada’s relationship has recently been put in the spotlight when Jada revealed to Hoda that She and Will have been separated for seven years. “Yes, it wasn’t a divorce on paper, but it was a divorce,” Jada said in a preview of the interview published on October 11, before the October 17 publication of his memoirs, Valuable.

The actress revealed that she and Will, 55, have led “completely separate lives” since 2016, although they were never officially divorced. The couple married on December 31, 1997.

As for their joint public appearances on red carpets and social media in the years since, a source tells ET, “What you see is the loving way they choose to move forward.”

Jada’s Story: An NBC News Special airs Friday, October 13 at 8 pm ET on NBC.

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