It may have occurred months ago, but Will Smith and Chris Rock’s infamous Oscars ‘slap’ moment has been in the headlines again over the past few weeks, after Smith posted a six-minute YouTube video apologizing to Rock and his family. Now, daughter Willow Smith has also weighed in on the incident in a new interview with Billboard.
The interview covers the star’s upcoming album coping mechanism, which is being released in the next few months. But naturally, the conversation shifted toward her father’s emotional reaction, and how that impacted Willow and their family.
“I see my whole family as being human, and I love and accept them for all their humanness,” she told the outlet. “Because of the position that we’re in, our humanness sometimes isn’t accepted, and we’re expected to act in a way that isn’t conducive to a healthy human life and isn’t conducive to being honest.”
She also added that the incident didn’t “rock me as much as my own internal demons.”
At the time of the Oscars slap, Willow took to Twitter and posted a series of cryptic tweets. “The meaning of life is found in challenge,” she wrote a few days afterward, followed by “Life is a series of reactions.”
Her father initially posted an apology via social media, saying violence is “poisonous and destructive.” Jada Pinkett Smith was the first family member to address the slap, speaking on her show Red Table Talk and saying “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile. The state of the world today? We need them both, and we all actually need one another more than ever.”
Then, Will Smith shared a six-minute video via YouTube, addressing the incident and his learnings from it. “I’ve spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment,” he explains. “I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can say to all of you that there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment.”
While Rock has referenced the incident in comedy shows, a source told People recently that he has moved on. “This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris. Will needs to deal with his issues,” the source said. “Chris is fine.”