Will Smith has declared that he is committed to winning back his fans’ trust following the controversial moment which took place at the Academy Awards earlier this year.
Prior to winning the award for Best Actor, the King Richard star got into an altercation with Chris Rock who had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia while was presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature. The incident led to Smith resigning from the Academy and being banned from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years.
The 53-year-old actor has now released a video in which he addresses questions from his fans about what happened.
He was asked, “What would you say to the people who looked up to you before the slap or people who expressed that you let them down?”
Smith responded that disappointing people is traumatic for him. “I hate when I let people down. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.”
The actor continued by saying that he knows the moment was confusing for his fans but that he is “deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world.”
Smith apologised once again to Rock during the video, as well as the comedian’s family, and Questlove whose award Rock was presenting at the time.