Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith's wife, encouraged him to record a video apologizing to comedian Chris Rock after the actor assaulted him at the Academy Awards ceremony.

The information is from an exclusive source of the website US Weekly and was published on Monday (1).

According to the insider of the US site, however, Will needed a little push from Jada. "Jada has also been

pushing Will to apologize because [the issue] has become a really dark cloud over his [talk show] Red Table Talk," the person explains.

The source also said that the 'King Richard' (2021) actor "never wanted" to publicly apologize.

The insider points out that the incident ended up taking on bigger proportions than everyone around him imagined, "His team was hoping 

the controversy would be over, but that didn't happen. It would be impossible for him to really move on unless he spoke out."

In the video posted on Will's networks, he addresses the issue over the course of nearly six minutes.

"I contacted Chris, and the message that came back

is that he is not ready to talk, but when he is, he will be in touch. I will tell you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I am here whenever you are ready to talk," he began.