Will Smith ‘Deeply Remorseful’ Months After Chris Rock Slap.

Will Smith ‘Deeply Remorseful’ Months After Chris Rock Slap: ‘He Is Still Doing a Lot of Work’ (Source)
Benjamin VanHoose
Mon, August 1, 2022 at 2:26 PM·4 min read
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Will Smith posted his recent apology video to Chris Rock in an effort to move forward from their Oscars incident — and he’s still working on himself.

On Friday, Smith, 53, shared a video on his social-media channels in which he apologized to Rock and explained that he has been doing “a lot of thinking and personal work” in the months since he hit the comedian onstage at the March 27 ceremony.

A source tells PEOPLE of Smith, “From a person who has never displayed anything like [the slap], he’s very aware that isn’t someone he will ever be again,” adding, “He’s deeply remorseful, he is still doing a lot of work and he’s also human and made a mistake. He’s going to move forward with the same positivity that he always had.” “If you spend your life beating yourself up over one thing then it’s really hard to move forward as the positive, joyful person that you know you are,” says the insider. “But he’s also in a very human place, recognizing that mistake and really looking at it and not brushing over it. He really needed to do the work, and that was very important to him.”

Addressing Smith’s decision to post the video, the source says: “There was no rhyme or reason to it other than time had passed, work had been done, the same questions had been bubbling up and also people were really wanting to hear from him in other ways, not even about this.” “There was just a general feeling that it’s time and he’s at a place where he had more things he wanted to say,” the insider adds. “He has always had that direct connection to people on social media and he felt it was appropriate now to show up and answer some questions. And he read them and answered them honestly.”

“He’s worked with a therapist, people saw him in India at an ashram, but a lot of it has just been quietly at home,” says the source.

In the video, Smith said, “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 apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

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