Will Smith Learned of Wife's Oscar-Boycott Video From the Paparazzi
"Let me tell you if I was the only person of color nominated, my wife would have made two videos," Smith said, laughing, of criticism that Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott was inspired by his lack of a nomination. "She would not have gone with me. Trust."
Will Smith revealed more details about how he learned (after the fact) that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had posted a video to her Facebook page in which she indicated that she was going to boycott the 2016 Oscars.
Her message, released on Martin Luther King Day, had already earned a great deal of attention before her husband learned of it — from the paparazzi waiting for him at the airport.
"I was in Thailand. And I get off of the plane and you know, the paparazzi are like, "Will! Will! You're not going to the Oscars. What do you think about Jada's video? … I had no idea," Smith said on BBC 1 radio, explaining that he had to Google the video.
Smith also assured listeners that his and his wife's boycott of the Oscars was not about the fact that he had not earned a nomination for his role in Concussion.
"Let me tell you if I was the only person of color nominated, my wife would have made two videos," he said, laughing. "She would not have gone with me. Trust."