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Will Smith’s Ex-Wife Sheree Sides With Him After Oscar’s Slap

Sheree Zampino has spoken out "in support" of her ex-husband Will Smith, who hit Chris Rock in the face at the 94th Academy Awards five months ago.

Will Smith, 53, has had a difficult year. Despite earning an Oscar for his performance as King Richard, the legendary actor has been embroiled in controversy since the March 27 slap heard around the globe. And now, his ex-wife Sheree Zampino, with whom he has son Trey Smith, 29, has come out in his support. “I hope people allow him to be human,” Sheree said in recent comments to the Daily Mail. “I really hope for that because I support him and we are on good terms.”

Sheree, a guest star on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, says it’s vital for Will to move on from the horrific event in which he marched onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock, 57. “You cannot heal without forgiveness,” she told the magazine. Sheree and Will have a long history; they were married from 1992 to 1995. But they’re still friends, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, has welcomed her onto her show Red Table Talk.

When Jada was asked about problems she’d experienced on her talk show in September, she mentioned her relationship with Sheree. “I would say another challenge was smoothing out my thoughts around the relationship with Sheree and me,” she told Insider. “That was a real process.” Nonetheless, after decades, they were able to see eye to eye. “When I think of our connection today.”

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She concluded, “When I think about our relationship now, there’s a real sisterhood there. But it took 20-some years.” Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith married in 1997 and have two children, Willow Smith and Jaden Smith. “It was really a transformation for all of us, having a blended family and getting to a place where there was the ease with it and having complete, utter acceptance.”

Jada continued, “Ree has acceptance for me and all my nonsense. I have acceptance for her and all her nonsense. There’s a really beautiful sisterhood there.” Will is still coping with the aftermath of the Oscars night scandal. After formally apologising to Chris, his daughter Willow and other family members openly defended and supported him.

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