Jada Pinkett Smith has addressed her husband Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock at the Oscars.
On Wednesday, June 1, the actress discussed it on an episode of her Facebook talk show “Red Table Talk,” two months after her husband hit comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shave.
Jada began by discussing the autoimmune disorder that caused her hair loss.
“This is a critical ‘Red Table Discussion’ about alopecia. Thousands of people have reached out to me with their stories, given what I’ve been through with my health and what happened at the Oscars.”
“Now, let’s talk about Oscar night,” Pinkett Smith said. “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men can heal, talk it out, and reconcile. Given the state of the world today, we require both. Until then, Will and I will keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years: figuring out this thing called life together.”
Jada then moved on to an emotional discussion with Nicole Ball, whose 12-year-old daughter, Rio, committed suicide after being bullied at school because of her alopecia areata, which caused her to lose her hair.
The 94th Academy Awards was held two weeks after Rio’s death, and Rock joked that Jada looked like she was auditioning for “G.I. Jane 2.”
“It’s not a joke,” Ball revealed her child’s medical condition, which led to his suicide.
Pinkett Smith has been open about her battle with the disease since 2018.
“There was so much shame,” Jada said on Wednesday’s episode, which also included a doctor explaining the condition.
The actress elaborated:
“The fact that it comes and goes is probably the most difficult part for me. It’s nerve-racking. A patch appears, followed by another. That gives me a lot of anxiety — ‘Oh, well, what’s the state of my hair today?'”