Will Smith’s slap was heard across the world nearly 9 months ago. After the incident, several people turned their backs on Will. However, he also had a handful of supporters who remained with him at his darkest hour.

Tyrese Gibson still supports Will Smith, telling fans in an overnight social media update that he’ll never change his mind about the Oscar winner. “[T]here’s nobody on this earth that will ever influence me to ever have a change of heart towards the BIGGEST INFLUENCE in my life,” Tyrese said on Instagram. Tyrese also praised Smith’s most recent picture, the Antoine Fuqua-directed Emancipation, in the same post.

I just can’t believe how masterful this overall movie is.

While Tyrese did not specify why he mentioned Smith, it comes after Tuesday night’s Golden Globes event, during which The Slap was made the subject of jokes. Following a commercial break, host Jerrod Carmichael joked about Smith receiving “the Rock Hudson Award for Best Portrayal of Masculinity on Television.” Meanwhile, Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Eddie Murphy got a little more specific in his own joke about Smith hitting Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

During his acceptance speech, Murphy described a three-step “blueprint” he claims he’s followed his whole career, with the last pillar being to “keep Will Smith’s wife name out of your fu*cking mouth.” For Tyrese, this isn’t the first time he’s heaped praise on Smith. Tyrese responded to Smith’s sharing of an apologetic video about The Slap in July by calling him his “forever and ever hero” for negotiating the post-slap landscape.

Tyrese also spoke with Complex’s Karla Rodriguez in 2022 about Morbius and other topics. Right at the start of the chat, Tyrese reflected on his first watching of the Jared Leto-led film, noting that he began the screening with the sudden realization that he needed to urinate. However, while watching the film, “that sh*t went away,” according to Tyrese.

Let’s see how Will Smith reacts to what Tyrese said. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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Shivangini Rawat

Shivangini is a law student with a passion for writing and music. She writes for Thirstyfornews and enjoys cooking, baking, and playing various instruments. In her free time, she watches movies, TV shows, and anime, with a love for bands like Alcest and Scorpions.

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