Seven months after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, more details have come to light. Floyd Mayweather Jr., former boxer and world champion who supported and backed Smith cared so much about him that he checked in with him daily for ten days after the incident to see how he was doing.
Chris Rock, who served as the host for the 94th Academy Awards, made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s baldness, which is related to a medical condition called alopecia. The King Richard actor stood up from his seat and confronted Rock, who he smacked, before ordering him to stop bringing up his wife.
For several weeks after it happened, that scene made headlines all around the world. Up until July, when he made a comeback to apologise, Will Smith remained out of the spotlight. Someone stood by his side during that difficult time in his life, especially after the incident.
After a private showing of his latest film, Emancipation, which Floyd attended, Smith acknowledged that the unbeaten former boxer had contacted him for ten days.
In a video shared on social media by one of TMZ Sports’ executive producers, Smith is seen saying, “I want to say something about Floyd, too.”
“So, we met, we saw each other around, but we weren’t like friends. And the day after the Oscars, for 10 days he called me every day. He was like, ‘You know you like the champ, right? You’re good? You know you like the champ, right? I want you to hear my voice say it.’ That was every day he called me…and he’s like, that’s my friend forever,” he adds.
Will Smith revealed that that particular event in his life left him scarred, and even though it took him months to reappear in public and uncover his face, he hopes that his new movie Emancipation will help him reclaim his position as one of the biggest Hollywood movie stars.