Will Smith said former pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who apparently wasn’t even a close friend prior to the incident, helped him after the Oscars slap in March.
Smith shared the news while speaking to a crowd at a private screening of his upcoming movie “Emancipation” at The London hotel. He opened up about the camaraderie he experienced when Mayweather reached out to support him in the aftermath of the Oscars slap.
In the video, Smith said Mayweather phoned him every single day for 10 days after the awards ceremony. Mayweather apparently gave Smith encouraging words and expressed his gratitude for the newfound friendship between the two men. Mayweather was in the crowd to hear the compliments.
Smith said, “I want to say something also about Floyd. So, we’ve met each other, we’ve seen each other around, but we weren’t like, friends..."
Smith then opened up and shared some of Mayweather’s encouraging words and sentiments.
“And, the day after the Oscars, for 10 days he called me every day. And he was like, ‘Hey, you know you the champ, right? You good? You know you the champ, right? I want you to hear my voice say it.
“That was every day he called me, and it’s like, that’s my dude forever right there."
Smith crossed the stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped Chris Rock in the face moments after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s lack of hair.
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