The Fresh Prince star is reportedly heading into therapy to deal with the "unresolved childhood issues" that saw him lash out at Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Report: Will Smith is “getting therapy over childhood issues that saw him lash out at Chris Rock.”
Will's issued a grovelling apology and now, sources close to him say he was "deeply triggered" by Chris' comments as they took him back to his traumatic childhood.
Daily Mail reported, on Wednesday (March 30), that Smith will have therapy for his 'unresolved childhood issues' as he knows he is 'battling to save his career and reputation' after he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, sources claim.
A close source to Will, bestselling author Mark Manson who co-wrote Smith's 2021 memoir 'Will,' said the actor was 'deeply triggered' by Chris Rock's comments about his wife's alopecia. Will stormed to defend her, as it took him straight back to his traumatic childhood.
Manson also told The Sun: 'Will knows he's battling to save his career, his reputation and even his Oscar. 'He's horrified by the turn of events and is filled with a deep sense of shame.
'He is happy to have some more therapy for his unresolved childhood issues and will do what he can to make good on his momentary lapse in judgement.
'Essentially, though, Will was deeply triggered by Chris' demeaning comments about his wife's alopecia. He was taken straight back to childhood, seeing his mum getting abused by his dad.
'This time he didn't take it sitting down and retaliated as, unfortunately, 50 million people across the globe all saw.'
It comes as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold an emergency board meeting today to discuss disciplinary action against Smith for the assault against Rock.
Will Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock Monday after the actor slapped him at the 94th Academy Awards over a joke the comedian made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote in his open letter. “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.”
Smith said that he “reacted emotionally” after hearing Rock’s joke.
However, the brother of Chris Rock... Tony Rock doesn’t accept Will Smith’s apology.
When a fan asked Tony via Twitter, “Do you approve of the apology?,” Tony, 47, simply responded Tuesday, “No.”
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