Months after slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage, Will Smith is slowly returning to public life – this time with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith by his side.
The couple pulled together on their first public outing together since the infamous awards show in March, enjoying lunch over the weekend.
The stars were pictured outside Nobu Malibu in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon as they walked back to their car.
In a video obtained by TMZ, the former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” can be seen leaving the famous celebrity restaurant first, with Pinkett Smith trailing behind and appearing to cling to his belt buckle.
The “Red Table Talk” host mostly kept her head down, but Smith chose to acknowledge the photographers, throwing a wave and even a peace sign their way.
The outing came weeks after Smith broke his months-long silence to once again apologize to Rock for stepping onto the Oscars stage and slapping him. The incident happened after the comedian made a joke about the shaved head of Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
“I’ve spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and complexities of what happened at that time,” Smith said at the start of the nearly six-minute video posted last month. .
“I contacted Chris and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk, and when he is he will contact me,” he continued. “So let me tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.
Shutting down speculation that Pinkett Smith had a hand in the debacle, the actor clarified that his wife didn’t tell him “to do something.”
“No. It’s like…I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my history with Chris,” he claimed. “Jada had nothing to do with it. “
Rock has remained relatively tight-lipped about the altercation, but Pinkett Smith has publicly addressed the incident, calling on the pair to reconcile.
“My deepest hope is that these two smart, capable men have the opportunity to heal, to talk about it and to reconcile,” she said during an episode of her show “Red Table Talk.” . “The state of the world today? We both need them, and we all need each other more than ever.
After the slap, Smith won the Best Actor statuette for his performance in ‘King Richard,’ although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has since banned him from attending its official events, including the award ceremony. award ceremony, for the next decade. .
But he could still be nominated for an award at the ceremony, and his next film “Emancipation” is already making waves.
Based on a true story, the film follows a runaway slave, played by Smith, who flees a Louisiana plantation and travels north where he eventually joins the Union Army. The Apple TV+ movie, helmed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, doesn’t yet have a release date, but is expected to arrive in 2023.