Jada Pinkett Smith Breaks Silence on Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars 2022 Slapping Incident

by Samantha Whidden

Just a couple of days after her husband, now Oscar winner Will Smith, slapped Chris Rock while on stage at the 2022 Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence. 

Without any sort of context, Jada Pinkett Smith shared a snap on her Instagram with a quote, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

Jada Pinkett Smith’s post was made after Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for what happened during the 2022 Oscars. After making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head and saying he couldn’t wait to see her in G.I. Jane 2, Rock was met with a very angry Will Smith, who ended up slapping the comedian.

“Will Smith just f—king smacked the s—t out of me,” Chris Rock declared. Will Smith went back to his seat next to Jada Pinkett Smith. He then yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth.”

The reason why Will Smith became heated is that Jada Pinkett Smith revealed last year she shaved her head after losing most of her hair. This was due to having the autoimmune skin disease, alopecia. When Chris Rock made the joke, Pinkett Smith was seen rolling her eyes and looking uncomfortable. This caused Smith to react.

Prior to the 2022 Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith Addressed Her Alopecia Diagnosis 

In 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith first got candid about being diagnosed with alopecia. During a Red Table Talk discussion about body confessions, Pinkett Smith stated, she had been having issues with losing her hair. “I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands. It was one of those times my life that I was literally shaking with fear,” she said according to Page Six.

Jada Pinkett Smith then said that her hair has been a big part of her. Taking care of her hair has also become a beautiful ritual. She further explained that after first cutting her hair short, she tried out hair wraps. “When my hair is wrapped, I feel like a queen.”

However, Jada Pinkett Smith admitted later that year that she was experimenting with little steroid injections in order to slow the hair loss. “They seem to be helping, but not curing. But they seem to helping, but I’m open to other ideas.”

She shared an update on Instagram in 2021 about the hair loss. “Now at this point I can only laugh. Y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia. Look at this line here. It just showed up like that. And this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide. So I thought I’d just share it so y’all not asking any questions.”