"There’s a part of him that’s grown to accept he’ll never be able to fully repair the damage that was caused," said an insider.
The fallout from Will Smith's assault on Chris Rock at this year's Oscars has been extremely damaging and it is already taken a toll on the Academy Award winner's family. "It’s been a nightmare for everyone," shared a source close to the family who is impatiently awaiting the results of the Academy’s investigation.
"Will knows the road to redemption is going to be a long and painful one, and there’s a part of him that’s grown to accept he’ll never be able to fully repair the damage that was caused," the insider told US Magazine. As for the actor's family, they have explicitly remained silent on the matter in the hopes of not attracting any more negative attention than it already has.
"They know the best course of action is to stay tight-lipped. The only healer is time," noted the source. Previously, Jada Pinkett Smith shared a quote on her Instagram as a seeming reaction to the shocking assault. "This is a season for healing and I’m here for it," it read. Meanwhile, their daughter, Willow, shared her own quote the same day writing, "You know who’s going through a lot right now? Literally everyone. Just be kind."
Then on April 2, she uploaded some philosophical musings on Twitter which her fans interpreted as a response to Smith's Oscars scandal. "The meaning of life is found in the challenge. Life is a series of reactions," wrote Willow. The King Richard star stunned viewers across the globe during Oscars 2022 after he hit presenter Chris Rock for a joke he had cracked on his wife's expenses.
"Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth," said the 53-year-old after Rock said, "Jada, can't wait for G.I. Jane 2." While receiving his first Oscar later that evening he apologized for his behavior but not to Rock. "I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I want to apologize to the academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. … But love will make you do crazy things," he said according to US Magazine.
The following day he publically apologized to Rock for his "unacceptable and inexcusable" behavior, noting that "a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally." He added, "I would like to publicly apologize 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."
A few days ago he handed in his resignation from the Academy, which would not stop him from being nominated and awarded for Oscar-worthy performances in the future. His decision prompted the Academy Board of Governors to reschedule the meeting to discuss the actor's actions from April 18 to this Friday, according to Fox News.
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