Will Smith has opened up about being compared to the Crying Michael Jordan meme after his recent stint on Red Table Talk.
The 52-year-old got the meme treatment when he appeared on the Facebook Watch show with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, as they discussed her ‘entanglement’ with August Alsina.
In case you don’t remember, during the chat, which has been viewed millions of times, talk turned to Jada’s ‘romance’ with the rapper – with close-ups of the Bad Boys actor appearing to look emotional and on the verge of tears.
However, speaking in a new video to accept the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award, he was adamant that his watery eyes were due to dehydration and coffee.
‘I’m not sad a lot… I think because I drink so much coffee, I get dehydrated and it makes my eyes water,’ he explained in the clip, obtained by TMZ, while wiping his eyes with a tissue.
‘People think I’m crying all the time… I’m not crying,’ he continued, as Jada – standing off camera – agreed.
‘It was midnight, we were shooting at midnight because we were trying to rush to go to the airport in the morning.’
‘He doesn’t cry, he wasn’t crying, I should’ve stuck to my first gut and reshot the whole damn thing,’ Jada replied.
‘I said reshoot it but it played out, everybody’s like poor Will…’ Will laughed.
As his wife added: ‘Gotta make it serious, not funny. And I made it too series, and they thought he was f**king sad.’
Jada and Will address the recent headlines and share their journey of finding peace through pain.
Will – joined by his wife and kids Willow, Jaden and Trey – was being honoured with the annual award to celebrate his ‘longstanding contributions to the world’.
It was presented to him virtually, by Robin Williams’ children, Zelda, Cody and Zack.
Will and Jada’s relationship was thrown into the spotlight earlier this year, when August Alsina claimed he had a relationship with the Girls Trip actress – with her husband ‘giving his blessing’.
While her reps denied this at the time, Jada confirmed they had had ‘an entanglement’ during her now-infamous Red Table Talk instalment – explaining that herself and the Men In Black favourite had separated at the time.
‘We were over. From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,’ she said.
‘One of the things I want to clear up that was kind of swirling in the press was you giving permission, which the only person who can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself.
‘But what August was trying to communicate – because I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably – I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a homewrecker, which he’s not.’
Lifting the lid on their time together, August later told People magazine: ‘People have never known much about my love life because it’s not important.
‘I never really cared about what people thought of me, but my personal life started to seep into my business life. There were certain falsities about me, and it affected my business relationships.
‘I could understand why it would look like I’m reckless or disrespectful so it really started to affect my livelihood, and I’m never okay with that. I got three kids to look after.
‘Kill me, hate me, stone me, but bury me an honest man. All I can do is tell the truth.’
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