Hollywood has been buzzing with stories about veteran actor, Will Smith and wife, Jada Pinkett’s marriage being in a turmoil and the power couple could be heading for a divorce following the controversy generated by the infamous Oscars slap Will gave comedian Chris Rock for denigrating Jada.
Hollywood sources say since the Oscars 2022 incident, Will and Jada’s marriage has been going through a lot of stress as the couple are barely communicating, and could be heading for a ugly and expensive breakup.
The King Richard actor had made headlines on March 27 when he stormed the Academy Awards stage and slapped Rock after the anchor had made a nasty joke on Jada’s closecropped hair, calling her “G.I. Jane.”
The scandal led to the Academy of Motion Pictures banning Smith from attending any of the Academy’s events, including the Oscars, for the next 10 years.
Sources close to the couple say Jada has openly talked about their marriage troubles on her show Red Table Talk, and the couple is reportedly not getting along after the incident.
“Ever since the Oscars scandal, the tension between them has been palpable. There have been problems for years, but they’re barely speaking right now,” Mirror UK wrote on the pending divorce.
“Ever since the Oscars, the tension between them has been palpable. There have been problems for years, but they’re barely speaking right now.
“If they were to split, Will has a fortune of $350 million that Jada would be entitled to under California law. It could be one of the ugliest divorces in showbiz history and drag on longer than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s did.
“Will obviously doesn’t want a divorce but there is only so much he can take. Will has made no secret of how uncomfortable he feels about Jada sharing every personal detail of their marriage. This is the last straw and could force him to finally end things,” the magazine said.
Jada had once revealed that she didn’t want to marry Will in the first place, but only did because she was pregnant.
“I was under so much pressure, you know, being a young actress, being young, and I was just, like, pregnant and I just didn’t know what to do. I never wanted to be married. I really didn’t wanna get married,” Jada had said on one of her previous Red Table Talk episodes.
Despite heavy security presence, Libyan protesters step up campaign, vow to continue demonstrations
Libyan protesters have vowed to step up its campaign and continue with their demonstrations until all the ruling elites quit power and pave way for elections.
The protests which began on Friday, saw the burning of the country’s parliament building in Tobruk when a large crowd broke through the security and set the building on fire.
The incident prompted the government to release thousands of security personnel into the streets but the demonstrators were not deterred as they defied the presence of the forces on Saturday and Sunday by holding rallies in Tripoli, Tobruk, and Benghazi, and other major cities in the North African country.
While addressing the protesters, leaders of the movement said they would step up its campaign from Sunday, urging demonstrators to set up tents in city squares and practise civil disobedience until they achieve their goal of ousting political institutions and holding new elections.
Libyan Observer reports that the protesters held their biggest rally in Tripoli for years, chanting slogans against the feuding political elites, as demonstrators blocked off roads in Benghazi and Misrata and set fire to government buildings in Sebha and Qarabuli.
The media also reported that despite pleas by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the demonstrators are bent on going on with their daily protests until they force the ruling elites out.
US commends Kenya’s effort at resolving Rwanda/Congo tension
The US has praised Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta for his effort at resolving tensions between East African neighbour, DR Congo and Rwanda.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with President Kenyatta in a phone call on Thursday describes Kenya’s move as the best approach to end armed conflict in the troubled east of the country.
The US State Department Spokesman Ned Price said of the phone call, that “Secretary Blinken expressed his appreciation for the Nairobi process, which has brought together the leadership of the DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and Tanzania.
“The Secretary noted these heads of state meetings are instrumental for facilitating the de-escalation of regional tensions, and in particular between the DR Congo and Rwanda.”
The acrimony between the countries was pronounced last month when Rwandan military authorities accused the armed forces of neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks.
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, last week called on the East African regional bloc to deploy East African force to the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to restore security following renewed fighting between government forces and the M23 rebels which has seen thousands killed and displaced since the resumption of hostilities.
Although the move to deploy the forces has been commended by the US, United Nations and the African Union, Congolese politicians and the public have expressed reservations about the proposed deployment of peace troops. They said the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) would be duplicating roles of the UN Mission (Monusco) as well as other existing interventions currently on the ground.
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