Jada Pinkett calls her brother Chris Rock in her new memoir

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

Jada Pinkett Smith refers to Chris Rock as her ‘brother’ in her forthcoming memoir. She discusses her and husband Will Smith’s rocky relationship with the comic, as well as the “misunderstanding” that resulted in the Oscars slap. Elena Nicolaou, Anna Kaplan, Sarah Lemire, and Becca Wood contributed.

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chris Rock were all close until March 27, 2022. When Smith smacked Rock during the 94th Academy Awards, causing a public spectacle that had social media buzzing for months.

That night, while presenting an award, Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved due to the autoimmune condition alopecia, prompting Smith to walk up to the platform and hit Rock in the face live.

Smith returned to his seat and told Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth.” Smith has subsequently apologized for the slap, and Pinkett Smith discussed the incident in her new memoir, “Worthy,” which was released on October 17. Pinkett Smith refers to the comedian as her “brother,” and says she received “holy lessons” as a result of Rock’s dig at her beauty.

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What are some of those lessons? “The importance of learning to love Will in his shadow,” she writes of her long-term relationship with the actor

Despite the fact that they had been separated since 2016. As well as “how to continue to love myself through so much misunderstanding and vitriol.” This is all part of the long history of Rock, Smith, and Pinkett Smith. Pinkett Smith claims that stretches back to the 1980s. Continue reading for more information on the incident and a timeline of how the three actors met.

Will Smith and Chris Rock have a ‘big ole misunderstanding,’ according to Jada Pinkett Smith, in the 1980s. Pinkett Smith writes in her 2023 memoir “Worthy” that Rock and Smith had “a big ole misunderstanding” that resulted in “decades of disrespect” that Pinkett Smith claims began long before she entered the picture.

Their feud grew over time, eventually engulfing Pinkett Smith. Pinkett claims she and Smith “were dragged across many stages by Chris’s jokes.”

Chris Rock makes an appearance on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ in 1995

Chris Rock makes a guest appearance in the sixth and final season of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the sitcom that began Smith’s career. Rock portrayed Maurice Perry, a comedian, and Jasmine, the comedian’s sister. Whom Will takes on a date as a favor for his cousin Hilary.


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