On the morning of March 29, Jada posted a graphic on Instagram that read, "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it."
The message came about 36 hours after Will slapped Chris Rock on live TV on the Oscars stage for making a joke at Jada's expense, comparing her shaved head to that of Demi Moore's bald-headed character in 1997's "G.I. Jane."
Video captured Will initially laughing at the joke, but Jada found little humor and rolled her eyes. Will quickly walked on the stage and took a swipe at Chris, stunning both him and the crowd. After walking back to his seat, Will shouted, "Keep my wife's name out of your f****** mouth."
People quickly took sides, with some insisting that Will's action were inappropriate and even warranted an arrest for assault. Others felt that he was standing up for his wife, who suffers from alopecia. A few moments after the physical interaction, Will won an Oscar for his role as Richard Williams in "King Richard." In his speech, he spoke about being a "protector" of his family, as his real-life character is. He also apologized to the Academy Awards and his fellow nominees, but he didn't apologize to Chris, his one-time friend.
However, on Monday, that formal apology came.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally," he said in a lengthy Instagram statement. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness."
He continued, "I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress."
Ironically, Richard Williams, who Will portrayed, condemned the violence, too.