Jada Pinkett Smith finally speaks out after shocking Oscars slap

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Jada Pinkett Smith has been candid with her fans, opening up in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday.

Alongside a teaser for her latest Red Table Talk episode, the actress warned, “You never know what people are going through.”

Jada Pinkett Smith wears a beige top with gold hoop earrings, and is shown listening on her show Red Table Talk
Jada Pinkett Smith on the latest Red Table Talk episode. Photo: Facebook/redtabletalk

“There is so much more that lies beneath us all, that our assumptions about one another and perceptions cannot meet.

“When we think we know…we block our chance to truly see someone who may need to be see in a different way than how they are presenting themselves,” she reflected.

Pinkett Smith was directly talking about the late Cheslie Kryst, who won the Miss USA competition in 2019 but was hiding her battle with depression.

This is the longest post Pinkett Smith has written on Instagram since her husband, Will Smith, slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars in March. Her words could also be taken as a subtle hint about her relationship with Will and the controversy surrounding it.

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In the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith, daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield speak to Cheslie's mother, April Simpkins.

The beauty queen sadly jumped to her death on January from her 29th floor balcony, and her mother wants to open up the conversation on depression and mental health.

“I think what shocked so many people is when you see her on television, when you see her on instagram, she’s smiling, she’s bubbly. And that was Cheslie. But Cheslie was also battling depression,” she says in the teaser.

“So I do hope, that opening up these discussions hopefully encourage people to be kinder.”

Pinkett Smith has not released an official statement about her husband’s controversial Oscars slap, but posted a simple message on Instagram after the event.

“This is a season for healing and I’m here for it,” it read.

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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