Will Smith ‘less ashamed’ of being slammed after video apology

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Will Smith feels « less ashamed » for punching Chris Rock after he issued a video apology.

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The 53-year-old punched the comedian – who made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head – in the face less than an hour before he landed his Best Actor statuette for his role in « King Richard » at the Oscars. back in March.

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But he is said to be feeling more « confident » after issuing a public apology in July.

“Will feels a lot more confident and a lot more positive and less depressed,” a source told ETOnline.

“He was in a very bad mood before he publicly apologized. He feels less ashamed now and more comfortable being in public again because he has done and continues to do the work that needs to be done for himself, his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues, his fans, the Academy, Chris and Chris’ family.

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The source went on to explain that Smith – who has been married to Jada, 50, since 1997 and has Jaden, 24, and Willow, 21, with her – wanted to set a “good example” for her children with the apology and that he was « adamant » to handle the situation responsibly.

“Will was so sorry for the situation and the situation he put his family in with all the backlash, especially publicly,” the insider added. “He wanted to acknowledge his misdeeds, apologize and take responsibility. He feels he answered some questions, said the things that needed to be said, and took ownership of his actions. Will wanted to make sure he was setting a good example for his children and was keen to handle the situation responsibly. He took this very seriously and his relatives congratulate him.

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The comments come just weeks after the ‘Bad Boys’ star publicly reached out to Rock and claimed he was « psychologically and emotionally » hurt by the incident.

« It’s all a blur, » Smith said. « I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk. I hate when I let people down. So it hurts, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and the impression that people had of me. And the work that I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake, and I try not to think of myself as a piece of s—.

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