Who is Will Smith's ex-wife? Sheree Zampino 'skedaddled' from party after slapgate
Zampino was at an Oscars viewing party, but quickly left after Smith slapped Chris Rock over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's baldness
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock has certainly left a few people red-faced. Richard Williams, the father of tennis icons Serena and Venus distanced himself from 'slapgate', but did add "we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense." Apparently, he's not the only one being dragged into the controversy. Will Smith's ex-wife was also left red-faced and shocked, after witnessing slapgate at a viewing party.
For its part, Hollywood doesn't seem to care much about what happened. Around an hour after slapping Rock, Smith went on stage to receive the 'Best Actor' award and was met with a standing ovation. Later, the actor was caught partying hard with other celebs, leaving the internet furious that he wouldn't face any consequences. Of course, not everyone is ok with what happened. There's now a growing movement urging the Academy to rescind Smith's Oscar, but that may not be successful.
The slap was certainly felt around the world, making headlines globally on March 29. It also left Sheree Zampino quite embarrassed, so much so she left the viewing party she was at. But the embarrassment didn't appear to last long, as her social media shows.
Who is Sheree Zampino?
The 54-year-old was married to Smith from 1992 to 1995. Together, the couple shares a son, Trey. The actress-turned reality star is still on extremely good terms with Smith, as well as Jada. The two met on the sets of 'A Different World', an NBC sitcom Jada and Zampino were featuring in. Smith went to the set hoping to meet his eventual spouse but ended up getting Zampino's number from a friend.
Apart from 'A Different World', Zampino also featured in 'Bethenny', 'Hollywood Exes', and 'Red Table Talk'. She's now slated to feature in 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 12, becoming only the second Black cast member of the long-running show. She's also something of an entrepreneur, running her own online boutique called Sheree Elizabeth. Also as her Instagram shows, she also loves to cook.
Both Zampino and Smith have been quite open about their divorce. "Our marriage ended because we were so young. It’s just a lot of responsibility. Marriage is not easy. Especially at that age," Zampino wrote in a Facebook post about their divorce. For his part, Smith called it "the worst thing in my adult life" and "the ultimate failure for me." However, it seems like things are now pretty good between the two.
As Smith was present at the Academy Awards, Zampino was at the 2022 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party, Extra reported. The moment Smith slapped Rock, she reportedly "skedaddled" with Kyle Richards telling the publication she was going to meet Smith and Jada after the event. If Zampino was embarrassed about the incident, she appeared to hide it well. A short while later, she uploaded an Instagram pic with Smith and his Oscar.
So far, Zampino has not spoken publicly about the slap, but it appears she has little to say. If her Instagram is anything to go by, the actress still stands by her ex, as have many other celebrities.