Will Smith53, and Jada Pinkett Smith50, looked happy and at ease together on their first public outing since he hit Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards earlier this year. The actor and actress were photographed walking close together outside on Aug. 13, donning casual outfits for a lunch date at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, CA. Will at one point flashed a smile and a peace sign to cameras and onlookers as his wife followed closely behind, clutching his shirt.
He wore a navy short sleeve top with a collar, matching navy pants, white sneakers and a baseball cap while Jada rocked a black button-down top with a red, white and blue checked shirt tied around her waist, black slacks and black and white sneakers. She also wore sunglasses and earrings. They both looked content and undisturbed by the attention on them during the sunny afternoon.
Will and Jada’s outing comes a few weeks after Will made headlines for breaking a lengthy silence and speaking out about the blow, which happened after Chris made a joke about Jada’s shaved head, in a YouTube video. He apologized to Chris and his family in the clip and answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the incident, which he called a “mistake.” He also admitted that he has been working on learning and healing from the whole situation.
“[I] spent the past three months repeating and understanding the nuances and complexities of what was happening at the time. And I’m not going to try and unpack all that now,” Will said in the video. “But I can tell all of you, there’s not a single part of me that thinks this was the right way to put me down at the time. There is no part of me that thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a sense of disrespect or insults.”
“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” he continued. “I hate it when I disappoint people. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and impression people had of me. I deeply repent and I try to repent without being ashamed of myself. I am a human. And I made a mistake. And I try not to think of myself as a piece of shit.”