Jada Pinkett Smith thought husband's Oscars slap 'was a skit'

Pinkett Smith also revealed during the magazine interview that she and Smith had been separated for six years at the time of the incident.

Jada Pinkett Smith has said she thought “This is a skit”, when her husband Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars ceremony.

The actress also revealed she and Smith had been separated for six years at the time of the incident.

Smith, who was nominated for the best actor prize and went on to win, took the stage and slapped the comedian, who was hosting the ceremony, after he made a joke about his wife’s hair-loss.

Pinkett Smith, who was seated next to Smith in the front row, told People magazine: “I thought, ‘This is a skit’.

“I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him.

“It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realised it wasn’t a skit.”

She added that the first words she uttered to husband once they were alone after the show were “Are you OK?”

The marriage between Smith and Pinkett Smith has long been the subject of much speculation and the actress told the magazine: “We’re still figuring it out.

She said they had been separated for six years before the Oscars in 2022, adding: “We’ve been doing some really heavy-duty work together.

“We just got deep love for each other and we are going to figure out what that looks like for us.”

Pinkett Smit has previously denied the couple have an open relationship and speculation about the state of their marriage reached fever pitch in 2020, when Pinkett Smith revealed she had had an “entanglement” with singer August Alsina.

Pinkett Smith also addressed her mental health struggles, saying: “When I turned 40, I was in so much pain.

She added: “While I was really living the dream, I hit a huge wall — a massive amount of depression.

“I think that I looked at having outside sources to supplement for the voids that I was feeling inside.”

She said she found relief in the form of ayahuasca ceremonies, where a leader supplies a plant-based psychedelic drug, usually brewed into a tea to drink, and guides the subject through hallucinations.

She said: “Ayahuasca helped me, it gave me a new intimate relationship with myself that I had never had before.”

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