But her husband Will Smith has revealed that he did not know about Jada’s stance beforehand – and only learnt that he would not be attending the Academy Awards when questioned by the media.
‘I was out of the country when she made the video,’ the actor explained on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show on Tuesday.
‘I was in Thailand. And I get off of the plane and you know, the paparazzi were like, “Will, Will, you’re not going to the Oscars! What do you think about Jada’s video?”
“Um, I think, give me a second, let me call-” I had no idea. I had no idea and I’m like, “Babe, you gotta give a fellow a little heads up, you know? Just a lil something, just, “Hey babe, you know, hit me before you walk out of the airport.” You know, give me, give me something.”‘
‘I got in the car and Googled and watched the video,’ he added. ‘I was like, “Honey, is there anything you need to tell me?” She said, “Oh, I didn’t want to bother you on vacation.”
‘This is an issue of a really regressive trend, not just in Hollywood but in my country,’ he said. ‘It’s not about me or being nominated.’