KEY POINTS

  • Will Smith and his family allegedly felt that the Oscars 2022 controversy was like a nightmare
  • The Oscar winner knew that the road to redemption was going to be long and painful
  • Smith's wife and children chose to remain tight-lipped so as not to attract unnecessary attention 

Will Smith and his family are all affected by the infamous Oscars controversy of the "Men in Black" actor.

Smith has been making headlines following the 94th Academy Awards, where he slapped Chris Rock on stage for joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head. It has been over a week, but the altercation is still taking a toll on the Smiths.

"It's been a nightmare for everyone," an unnamed source told Us Weekly. "Will knows the road to redemption is going to be a long and painful one, and there's a part of him that's grown to accept he'll never be able to fully repair the damage that was caused."

Smith's family — wife Pinkett Smith, sons Tre, 29, and Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21 — have all avoided making any statement about the issue to not attract more attention. They understood that commenting on it would only create more noise and put them in the spotlight.

"They know the best course of action is to stay tight-lipped," the insider added. "The only healer is time."

Meanwhile, another source said Pinkett Smith wished her husband didn't smack Rock. In the footage, the comedian joked about a "G.I. Jane" sequel, referring to the "Nutty Professor" actress' shaved head. She rolled her eyes, showing her disapproval of the joke. 

The anonymous insider told Us Weekly in a separate report that Pinkett Smith did not want to put her husband in trouble for defending her because she did not need protection. The source added that she's a strong woman and could fight her own battles.

Despite what happened, Pinkett Smith did not get angry with her husband and chose to "stand by him."

"They protect their family. They're all about their family and their kids. They've done everything to build this life for themselves," the source said. "They are very much protected in their own lives and do the absolute best they can to protect their loved ones."

As for Smith's career, his talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) denied the rumors that it had plans to drop him after the Oscars scandal. Whoopi Goldberg was positive that Smith would recover.

"Also some of Will Smith's future projects are in question. The question is, does he have a path back?" the "View" co-host said in one episode. "Yes, of course, he does. ... He'll be fine, he'll be back. No worries."

Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2021 AFI Fest Closing Night Premiere of Warner Bros. "King Richard Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2021 AFI Fest Closing Night Premiere of Warner Bros. "King Richard" Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Emma McIntyre