Will Smith says "We'll be able to be friends again" over Chris Rock feud.
Chris Rock insulted Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2022 Oscars, prompting Will Smith to slap him onstage. "If you hang on, I promise we'll be friends again," Smith said on YouTube.
"I have rooted for Will Smith my whole life," Chris Rock said in "Selective Outrage," his Netflix comedy special. "Now I watch 'Emancipation' to see him get whooped."
Dr. Frederick Smith, a 15-year mental health psychotherapist, said friendships can terminate for many reasons. Moving cities and differing values can strain relationships. Smith and Rock felt mistreated on the slap night.
"A lot of times, we won't face the major stressor and we'll take it out on the person that deserves it the least," Dr. Smith said. That could be a partner, family member, or friend."
If both parties are willing, friendships can be healed. Dr. Smith suggests talking to a specialist or discussing the issue to repair the friendship. Repairing and keeping friendships requires proper apologizing and forgiving.
Dr. Smith stated, "Sincerely telling someone 'I'm sorry' initiates the process of forgiveness, meaning the other person has the opportunity to let go of hurt feelings."
However, some friendships end, and it's okay to grieve. Dr. Smith stated: "Sometimes friendships aren't meant to last forever and that's okay." Not forcing a seasonal friendship into a lifetime commitment is vital.
Conclusion, friendships can end for many reasons, but they can be repaired with effort, understanding, and forgiveness. Accept that not all friendships stay forever and move on when required. Will Smith's apology video stated, "If you hang on, I promise we'll be friends again."