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Exclusive: Jada Pinkett Smith says Will Smith hadn’t called her ‘wife’ in a long time preceding Oscars slap

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage on the 2022 Academy Awards, your entire viewers was surprised, together with Jada Pinkett Smith. 

Throughout the ceremony, Rock mocked Pinkett Smith, who has skilled hair loss resulting from alopecia, for her shaved head. Smith then ascended the stage to method Rock, slapped him and returned to his seat. 

Virtually two years later, Pinkett Smith is revealing for the primary time how she felt listening to Rock’s jab about her look. She addresses the joke and sudden altercation in her upcoming memoir, “Worthy,” out Oct. 17, and in an NBC Information prime-time particular with Hoda Kotb.

In an unique clip from the intimate sit-down interview that airs in full Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, Kotb factors out that Pinkett Smith seemed to be bothered by Rock’s comment and rolled her eyes. 

Pinkett Smith explains her response, saying, “I did that eye roll not a lot for me — and I believe that is actually vital — however the truth that there might be a jab at alopecia.” 

However her focus instantly shifted to Smith after he slapped Rock and shouted from his seat, “Hold my spouse’s identify out your f—ing mouth!” 

Like the remainder of the reside viewers and people watching at dwelling on the time, Pinkett Smith says she was stunned, however for a special motive. 

“To start with, I’m actually shocked, as a result of thoughts you, I’m not there. We haven’t known as one another husband and spouse in a very long time,” she tells Hoda. 

She recollects being confused on the time. Pinkett Smith provides, “I’m actually frightened for Will as a result of I don’t know what’s happening.” 

In one other unique clip from the interview launched earlier this week, Pinkett Smith shares with Hoda that she and Smith, who wed in 1997, have been separated since 2016. 

She says they determined seven years in the past to reside “utterly separate lives.” She opens up in regards to the standing of their marriage to Hoda and in her upcoming memoir.

As for why the previous couple haven’t publicly revealed this information till now, Pinkett Smith says they weren’t “prepared but.”

“Nonetheless attempting to determine between the 2 of us be in partnership. … With regard to, how can we current that to individuals? We hadn’t figured that out,” she explains. 

She reveals that their marriage had been on the rocks for years. In 2016, she says they had been “exhausted with attempting” to make their marriage work.

“I believe we had been each form of simply nonetheless caught in our fantasy of what we thought the opposite individual ought to be,” she provides.

Though they’re separated, she clarifies that the pair are not legally divorcing

“I made a promise that there’ll by no means be a motive for us to break up. We’ll work by … no matter. I simply haven’t been in a position to break that promise,” she shares. 

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